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H. R. HOLSINGER, Editor. 

" Whosoever loveth )tie kecpeth my Commandments.'" 





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Ollinstran Jamftjy ^oinjjanifftt . 


Volume A'. 

" Whosoever lorevh mekeepelh my commandments." — Jsaua. 

TYRON^'TA. TUESDAY, jTn. o, 1869. 

At 81.60 Per Annum 

Number 1. 

For tht Cutiil>^iii*>^'- 
lrH'.;iiniitar> ThoHL^lils at Ihe Coinmeuccinonf ol 
>ew Year. 

Time quickly passes. Seconds, minutes, hours, 
days and months {blU)\v each other in rapid suc- 
cession. The iirst composes the second, and it 
the third, and tluis arc tbrmed the years which 
m;irk the period of human life. How brief is 
life ! ' llow soon j^one I How mysteriously the 
t-urtuin fidls behind us and remains, hiding the 
Past from our enjoyment and improvement ibr- 
cver! Hut 'tis true, strangely true. Our time 
can be but once spent. Yet many, who trifled 
away their time, see at last their fblly in spend- 
ing their time as devotees at the unhallowed 
shrine of fashion and self-gratitication. l>ut Time 
breaks "the silver cord," and there is none to re- 
pair it. 

AN'e anticipate each day, we s})end it; and 
though it passes by, it bears a correct record of 
all our deed??, whether good or evil. This par- 
ticular fact is too little thought of. Thousand-s 
spend each retuniing day as though 'twere of less 
value than silver or gold, little appreciating the 
inestimable worth and necessity of improving 
time, and the celerity with which it hurries us 
on to eternity. Xo one can too highly value 
time, but may oven'ate the indispensibility of ap- 
plying it in any one direction. Our relation to, 
and dependence upon this life, au.d its claims 
upon us, are various and numerous ; hence oiu' 
responsibilities, as probationers of time, arise 
from ditFerent sources. If we disregard the laws 
of physical life, we suft'er, more or less, tlie rava- 
ges (jf disease, or an untimely death. If we vio- 
late the laxvs of moral Hie, in our business pur- 
suit< and social or indn idual habits, we are stig- 
mati'/.od as immoral, in whatoA'cr point of immo- 
rality we may be guilty. And, in particular, if 
we transgress the (iod-given laws of 1a erlasting 
Life, \\-ilfuliy or by neglect, we will fall .short of 
the design of onr creation, and, as a conscciue.nce, 
fall short of that inheritance which is prepared 
for all them that love and fear tiie Lord. 

Another so-reckoned year is numbered v.itli 
the things tkat wore. We are one year nearer 

our latter end. We have enjoyed another round 
of the seasons since last we bethought the com- 
mencement of a new year. The scythe has not 
vet cut us down, while niany by it have fallen 
around us. Y^ou and I, dear readers, still remain ; 
but many whom we knew one year ago, we knoM 
no more "according to the flesh." Tliere is sure- 
ly a wise design in our being thus permitted to 
enter the limits of the New Year. If we knoAv 
and feci this design, we will act, henceforward, 
as though we appreciated the goodness of God 
through wliich we receive all that is good for us, 
and all that is calculated to fit us for "the world 
to come," whether it be Divine discipline or Di- 
vine comfort. But we are slow to take calm, 
sober reflection of the character of life wo have 
lived before m( n, and before "the Judge of all 
the earth." "I speak to such as know the law"' 
of Christ. "I wi-ite imto you" who have de- 
clared submission to Kina: Jesus, and alle-nance 
to theGo'\erriment>vhich is "upon his shoulders." 
Wo are oftentimes reluctant to take lessons of 
our past lives, '^^'hen we look back and see th(> 
zigzag track we haA^e left behind us, we often 
turn from the sight and forget; yet this is what 
we should do, if we "press forward" in the life of 
(jodliness. But they who make progress in the 
divine life are only- such as improve their time 
by taking lessons of the pa:5t, and putting them 
into effectual practice. If we see wherein we 
have come short or failed to do otu* Christian 
duties, it is not only onr privilege, but an un- 
questionable obligation to guard against future 
shortcomings. "See then that ye walk circum- 
spectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the 
time, because the days are evil," o : 15. 
Unconvi'rt< 'dreader, have you permitted anoth- 
er year to elapse without giving your heart, ^: 
submitting your whole will to the Lord ! Do you 
really mean to enter upon another year of rebell- 
ion against (^od ( tjius hazarding your eternal 
welfare. 1 entreat you, consider. Spend not 
yoar precious time in satisfying "thtjluf^ts of the 
Hesh." Make haste and return, and God will 

have merc)\ 




For the Companion. 
\ Cramb of tbe Bread of Liife for a SiifTering Sister. 

No. XVII. 

1 Pet. 5 : 7. 

In their passage through the wilderness, the 
cliildren of Israel had much fault to find Avith 
God in his dealmgs Avith them. They deman- 
ded such discipline as they thought best, pre- 
scribing to God not only icliat they wanted, but 
the time and manner of it. AVlien Jehovah de- 
tained Moses in the Mount, they concluded that 
his non-appearance, and the tardiness of him 
that had sent him, would justify their inaugura- 
tion ol' the old worship ; and forth witli they pro- 
ceeded to manufacture a golden calf Many fall 
into the same error now without suspecting it. 
Impatience and want of faith led to their adop- 
tion of such criminal measures ; and the gloom 
and perplexity into which the delay and seem- 
ing forgetfulness of Divine Providence often in- 
volve us, have a like tendency to prompt our 
resort to means of amelioration on which rests 
the withering frown of God. They were not 
even satisfied with the supplies vouchsafed by 
the Lord for their necessities, although Heaven 
itself observed the strictest punctuality in its 
bestowment. Not only did they eat Angels' 
food, but they gathered it every morning. Ps. 
78 : 25. Ex. 16 : 21. What God had so gra- 
ciously provided, and so punctually given, they 
soon began to loathe. After the most astound- 
ing exhibitions of the Divine power and good- 
ness to demonstrate his interest in them, they 
rebelled and murmured, and betrayed such in- 
corrigibleness, that they nearly all fell in the 
wilderness as examples of the dire consequences 
of unbelief. 

God cares for us all. His resources arc infi- 
nite, his Avisdom unsearchable, and liis mercy 
eiidureth forever. His loving kindness never 
fails, but he Avill not be dictated in the distribu- 
tion of his bounties. The prophet and the poor 
Avidow and her household must be nourished 
out of an empty barrel for many days. Reason 
could discover neither sense nor possibility in 
such an arrangement. Faith fared sumptuously 
every day where unbelief Avould have starved. 
The ravens must do their share in effecting the 
purpose of God in behalf of his chosen. When 
there is "death in the pot," faith casts in ahand- 
fuU of meal, and there is no harm. Self-p le^ 

ing and selfish calculations sent Jonas to Joppa, 
thence to flee to Tarshish from the presence of 
the Lord ; but to teach him humility and the 
folly of fighting against God, he Avas sent into 
the belly of a great fish, to make a tour along 
the bottom of the ocean Ave knoAV not Avhither, 
and then to be spewed out on dry land again, a 
better man Ave trust. All these instances shoAv- 
that God cares for his people, and inspire us 
Avitli confidence to cast ail our care upon him. 
The crumbs that I am trying to pick from the 
loaf of Eternal Life, do not reach you every 
morning like the manna, but their irregularity 
is not the result of forgetfidness or indifterence. 
When you take up the Companion to glean youi 
portion, and find not Avhat your soul craves, your 
disappointment should render the blessed Bible 
only the dearer. The most loving of all beings 
"abode two days still in the same place Avhere 
he was," although he very Avell kncAv that at 
Bethany tAvo devoted hearts Avere breaking Avith 
anxiety to see him come. AYhat he did "be- 
yond Jordan" Ave cannot tell, but he was cer- 
tainly engaged in a great and good work, for it 
is added, "many believed on him there." His 
poAver is boundless, his bounty exhaustless, his 
love passeth knoAvledge, his sympathy exquisite 
beyond human conception, and his care more 
gentle, vigilant,and uniemittent than a mother's. 
You lie down and rise up, and transfer yc ur 
body sloAvly from room to room, now in your 
chair, then on the lounge, and then again on 
your couch, your spirit oftentimes sad, and your 
flesh quivering Avith evcrpresent, ever-gnaAving 
pains ; but your being in Christ, Avill, in a sense 
make him a sharer of all your sufferings and sor- 
As he Avas the bearer of your sin and 


guilt, he is equally the bearer of your care.- 
He gives manna according to his Avisdom and 
love, but sends quails in his Avrath. It is better 
to be in the Avilderness with the severest discip- 
line and scantiest fare, than in Egypt by the 
fleshpots, eating to the full of "fish, and cucum- 
bers, and melons, and leeks, and onions, and 
garlic." His care is never more conspicuous 
than AA'^hen Ave are Avandering in desolate places, 
aAvay from all discernible sources of support. — 
To lie passive in his hand, in the midst of our 
utmost endeavors,recognizing his presence in the 
scA'cn-fold intensity of the furnace flames, confi- 
inir in his faithfulness whatever betide, oh this 


is to extract water out of the Itock, sweeten the 
waters of ^lurah, heal every serpcut-bite, have 
the five-pillar always in view, and bathe the soul 
with perpetual lii^ht and clothe it with the Di- 
vine f^lorv as with a garment, "lie careth for 

Your springs are in God, and your chief joy 
in his love ; and anything that enables you bet- 
ter to understand and a])])ropriate his word, you 
regard as an evidence of his care, and press to 
your heart as a treasure. These crumbs, al- 
thouirh sometimes rather drv it not moul dv 
have often nourished and refreshed your soul. — 
Any obscurity that may be found in them, you 
can have elucidated by private correspondence. 
Christ also has his love-letter, addressed to his 
Church, the Bride Elect, and to each individ- 
ual member of it. ^Vhen the love-thrilling, 
lo\-e-clinging soul is perplexed in the study of 
Heaven's message, we can send a private missive 
to Jesus, and have our closet Hooded with the 
joy unspeakable of a first love, by the gracious, 
soothing, soul-quickening answer that follow our 
supplications. God careth for you in giving 
the word, and no less in making its contents as 
honey and the honey comb to your hungry spir- 
it. We are made to love, and every one has 
experience of it in one or another form. We 
have all felt glad in the reception of tokens of 
affection from those to whom our hearts are 
strongly attached. If we receive a letter from 
such « person, we absorb its contents as the 
thirsty ground drinks in water. So should the 
believer peruse and study and ponder the New 
Testament. Every syllable is precious. It is 
full of the heart-utterances of Jesus. It is an 
epitome of the love of the Uncreated. Everv 
page flows with honey Irom the great hive iii 
the King's Garden of lilies. Everv letter is 
written with the heart's blood of him' who loved 
us unto death. A'erily God careth for us. 

In your extreme sufferings, and sad experi- 
ences, protracted trials, aiid crushing care, you 
open the love-missive of the Chief among ten 
thousand, and read the comforting declaration, 
••casting all your care upon him ; for he careth 
for you." Oh that we would never doubt this 
glorious truth. A\'hen all deductions of reason, 
and all precedents of experience afford no clue 
to the solution of our great life-problem, oh that 
we could so sink down iuto the depths of love 


and trust, as to surmount every obstacle by the 
confiding "even so, Father," of our blessed Lord 
and Savior. Gloomy, joyless, forlorn we often 
feel, because of oiu* distrust of the precious, com- 
fortiuir assurance that the One altogether lovely 
and true cares for us. In all the world there 
grows no flower so fragrant to the sense, as the 
heart's ease of Jesus to the drooping soul, — 
What can be more exhilarating. Jesus cares 
for you, and he graciously and lovingly invites 
you to cast all your care upon him. What 
more could we ask ? .A// our care, NoiJitng is 
to be kept back. Into his ear we may whisper 
all our griefs. AVhatever gnaws our feelings, 
or burdens our hearts, we may freely transfer to 
him. We may deem ourselves unworthy to eat 
the crumbs under his table ; he takes us into 
his confidence, calls us friends, gives us a place 
in his kingdom, and is only waiting the necessa- 
ry term of discipline to exalt us above princi- 
palities and powers, and share his Throne with 
us. All that he permits noAV, is only to give us 
the necessary character to enjoy so great felicity 
and glory which he has in reserve for us. He 
may not remove the thorn in the flesh, but ho 
does what is far more conducive to our ultimate 
good, he will perfect his strength in our weak- 
ness. No medicine is found on the surface or 
in the bowels of the earth that gives such re- 
lief to the bodv, as the words of the Everlovinor 
One bring to the soirow-burdened, care-burden- 
ed heart. He is faithful that promised. Cast 
your care upon him. The government is upon 
his shoulders, and what is a burden too intoler- 
able for us to bear, is to him as the small dust in 
the balance. Your sickroom is the little world 
where your life-struggle must be fought out. — 
Friends come and go, sing and pray, weep wiih 
you and rejoice, give such comfort as they can 
or you may need ; but when all are gone, you 
have still remaining the First and the Last, who 
is all in all, ready to take all your care on him, 
and oft'er his bosom as the pillow of your weary 


Union Deposit, Pa. 


Do not hastily conclude that your undertaking is 
acceptable to (ioJ, because he allows you to proceed 
without interruption for a time ; he suffered the build- 
ers of Babel to proceed far, before !i ) ■; >ii '.> n ndcd an 
dispersed thera. 



l^or tlie Companion. 
\:- J. Tia ^ngsestions to Contributors. 

In presenting our reflections on this subject we do 
not wish to be considered as dictating nor presumptu- 
ous, neither do we wish to discourage any of the wri- 
ters to our papers, either the learned or unlearned. — 
Our desire is simply to advise with the members and 
encourage them to strive hard to attain as near as pos- 
sible to that point of perfection, that will accomplish 
the greatest good to the greatest number. The new 
volume of the Companion has been commenced and its 
pages, when completed, will transmit to posterity our 
labors, whether for good or evil, and will do much to 
mould their religious sentiments; hence the importance 
of exercising much discretion in the substance and style 
of our writing. 

The Spirit that prompts us to write shoald be the 
first object of our examination. Our motives will in- 
sensibly affect, to a greater or less degree, the execu- 
tion of our work. It is well nigh impossible for us to 
conceal our zeal motives in writing, from tho?e much 
accustomed to reading ; therefore if it is our desire to 
accomplish good results we should be sure that they 
are pure. Purity of Spirit is what God imperatively 
demands of us and he will except of nothing else. xVs 
evidence of this we refer to the case of Cain and Abel, 
of the widoiv's contribution of two mites, of the prayers 
of the Pharisee and the Publican, &c. It is this that 
gives life and efficacy to everything that we do. It is 
the propelling power in the Christian warfare. 

^Ye should write for edification, instruction, and en- 
couragement. To the feeble and wavering we should 
administer strength and encouragement, for the babes 
and sucklings, edification and instruction. To the er- 
ring and the wanderer we should appeal with great ar- 
dor and fervency, urging the threatenings as well as 
the promises of God. St. Peter speaks of this after 
this wise ; "For knowing the terrors of the Lord we 
persuade men." "We that have passed from death unto 
life,'" know the dangers to which man is exposed, 
therefore we should so "use the gift that is within us," 
that others may be persuaded to accept the offers of 
peace, and that we may "continue in all things written 
in the law to do them." 

We should have for our object the establishment of 
the kingdom of Light rnd the dispersion of darkness, 
and to accomplish this we ought so address ourselves 
to the people that the most humble and unlearned will 
readily comprehend our meaning. It should not be 
our wish to see our names in print. A christian ought 
to be too modest to desire such notoriety. When we 
reflect that our nomes only represent so much weak- 
ness and corruption, so much of the fleshly and earthy, 
we ought rather shrink from the public eye and court 
obscurity ; if we could do it consiste;ntly with our du- 
ty to our Lord. ^ . 
We should not ffesire to exhibit our talents or our 
learning. If we fully comprehend the infinite wisdom 
of the great Omniscient and understood his counsels 


and designs, the greatest'and wisest of fhis world would 
count themselves but fools. What do we know that 
should exalt or puff us up in our minds ? we poor, mis- 
erably ignorant creatures. The little knowledge Me 
have, even if we could measure the distance to tlie re- 
motest stars, and their distance from each other, and 
understood their motions and revolutions, and could 
appropriate all the elements of nature to the use iind 
comfort^ of man, and subject the beast of the forest, the 
fowls of the air, to our desires, we would yet be a 
mere pigmy, and should only cause us to despise our. 
littleness and insignificance. It is a most pitiful ai;id 
yet most disgusting sight to see a weak, finite being 
exalted and puffed up on account of his imaginary wis- 

"We would always do well before we commence wri- 
ting for the press to read the advice of St. Paul on this 
subject which is as follows : Mliatsoevcr ye do, do all 
to the glory of God. Taking the precaution and al- 
ways invoking divine favor we would often be in a 
much happier mood for writing, and doubtless, much 
that is written would never leave the desk of the au- 
thor, and that which is accepted by the editor would be 
richer in the life-giving Spirit. 

The style of our writing should always receive our 
attention. The substance may be full of beauty and 
riches, full of life and strength, yet so clothed in words 
as to be sealed to a large portion of the brotherhood. 
It is very necessary, if we wish to accomplish good 
that Ave understand the character and circumstances of 
those to whom we write. It is well known that the 
church is composed of persons of the most humble pre- 
tensions to human wisdom. They have but little 
knowledge of the sciences, of the arts, of literature, 
&c., a large portion I presurre never progressing far- 
ther in that way than to be able to read and write. — • 
Then of what service is it to them when wo use terms 
that are understood only by the educated, or by those 
who own a copy of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, 
at $'10..00 per copy. When we clothe our ideas in 
high-sounding, bombastic words and phrases, sucii as 
are only in use among the proud and ambitious yout is 
of the colleges and universities, the only effect it has 
on the unlettered is to make them stare and marvel at 
our supposed wisdon, or to produce merited contempt 
and disgust. 

The plainest and simplest language is the purest and 
most affective. The learned will comprehend it, and 
ic will suit the tastes of the unlearned. The greatest 
writers of our language v/rote in the style of the com- 
mon people. Where is there a work more popular or 
attractive, or more admired for the ease and simplici- 
ty of its style than Bunj'an's Pilgrim's Progress ? — 
Where is there a work equal to the writings of Joseph- 
us for sweetness and beauty of expression, for clear- 
ness and granduer of delivery ? But the Christian's 
pattern is the Bible, and we gladly commend that' to 
the brethren as a sure and safe guide. The writers of 
that were, for the most part, of the common people, and 


they wrote at the command of the Spirit whcf'was re- 

ooivetl by the common people. The Savior abvays 
spoke ina manner suited to the capacity of the masses. 
His iniruitabU' sermon on the mount far excels any 
composition on record for its magnificent and admira- 
ble plainness. Contemplating it apart from the divine 
nature of its precepts, we do not know which to admire 
most, its charming and fascinating style, or the purity 
of its tone and sentiment. 

St, I'Aul addressee himself to speakers as follows : 
**So also ii'ye utter not by the tongue words easily un- 
derstood how shall that be known which is spoken ; for 
ye will be speaking into the air," Tiiis is also very 
aj>plicable to writers. If we write in an obscure and 
ujiintelligible manner we are writing in an unknown 
tongue. We do not edify, "We are unto them a bar- 
barian. Our work is useless and we do no more than 
exhibit our vanity and pride. It is not in harmony 
with our profession. Wc claim to be a plain, unassum- 
ing, unpretending people. Then we should strive to 
sustain the character in all things ; in writing, in speak- 
ing, in dr<^ss, in our houses, in our deportment, in al- 
tliings. It will signify nothing, it will accomplish noth- 
ing, if in our attire only we are plain. Remember "he 
that keepeth the whole law and offendeth in one part is 
guilty of all." 

While we commend the manner in which the Bible 
13 Avritten wc would not expect to confine ourselves to 
the words employed therein, to the exclusion of all oth- 
ers. Many thousands have been Drought into com- 
mon Q5e since it was written that are just as unexcep- 
tionable. It was written nearly '^,000 years ago, in a 
different tongue, and by a diftercnt people, and lan- 
gaage like everything else has undergone great chang- ' 
es-since. And while we recommend the dialect of the I 
common people we hould carefully guard against the i 
slang and the vulgarisms ■.\ith which it is often corrupt- 
ed. They are the uflipriug of the viciuus and degra- , 
ded and from no part' of tUe copy WG admire. 

There arc certain rules which arc naturally and ' 
roadily umlerstood by every person gifted with a full ! 
developeraent of the senses, that are mtended to i-egu- ' 
late our. conducit ioJ to assist iu detoraiiuiiig wli;it to 
accept aad wiiat tj refuse, both at> it poncenw things ; 
J r.'setit and tliiugs to cjaie, and before we present our- ' 
s .Ives as teachers of the people we sluidd bestow some ' 
labor to acquire a. knowledge of them. And the sur- 
est and speediest lactliod to obtain thii knowledge 
it to knoto oui-)<dvrg, without which, it is impossible to 
ftccomplidb the objects of our mission. 

J'ersous ofieu uneouticiously acquire habits and man- 
ni-rs that altogether unfit them for the service of 
teaching. They suffer themselves t) soar aloft in 
l»ng-contiimed fiights, far beyond the reach of the com- 
uioa eye, in the fields of tlie imagination, and while 
tliey administer to the tastes of the few that have the , 
strength of wing to follow, tlie masses arc far bclo*v 
starving fof want of the food thus lost forever. 
There are three imp»)rtant and indispensable rpialifi- ^ 

cations requisite to coubtitutc a Christian teacher, 
whether he teach through the press or in the public as- 
sembly. First : — To understand well himself what he 
imparts to others. Second: — To have a large meas- 
ure of the Holy Spirit to give life and elTicacy to his. 
instructions. Third : — To convey them in such fi man 
ner that the least a; well as the greatest will easily un- 
derstand US. ^Vith these wc may confidently expect to 
accomplish good results. 

The foregoing hints, imperfect as thoy are, Avill ap- 
ply with equal force to speakers,' and we Avould doubt- 
less profit by them and such thoughts as they may sug- 
gest, if we are susceptible of improvement, and I think wc 
all will acknowledge Ave are not perfect. And I would 
not have the brethren to think they are of private in 
tcrpretation. They are intended for all 

Our work for the year of our Lord 1860 is now only 
commenced, and hoping that we will press onward 
and upward in the good cause, wo invoke the divine 
favor on all our dear co-laborers and bid them God 
speed. I). C. MOOMAW. 

' Ofoverittl.e,' Va. 



Falleu Nou. 

I Follow him home now from the scene of his debauch. 
He is an only son. On him the hopes of the family 
has center'jd. Every nerve have been strained to give 
him the choicest education. Parents and sisters glo- 
ried in his talents, and looked forward to his future 
fame, Alas! aire idy these visions are less bright. 

Enter now the family circle, Parents surrounded 
by lovely daughters. Within that circle reign peace, 
virtue, and refinement. The evening has been spent 
in animated conversation, and the sweet interchan>Tc of 
affectionate endearment, I)ut there is one who used 

to share all this, who was the centre c>f that circle, 

Why is he not hero ? The hour of devotion has come ; 
they kneel before their Father and God. A voice tha t 
used to mingle in their praise is wanting. An hour 
rolls away — another hour has gone. Why has all 
cheerfulness departwl? Why do tho3c parents stait at 
every footstep ? 

The step of that son and brother is heard. The doer 
is opened ; — he stagv^ers in before them, and is stretch 
cd out at their feet, in all the loathsomeness of intoxn- 
cation ! - ,u-)v 

Oh; who shall tell the sorrows' Of a home made dark 
with sin ! 

— — — — >- » -« f i — 

Never allow youi-sclf to speak evil of another, "wife-' 
out the most ample evidence of his guilt. Mankind, in 
their be?t estate, arc liable to err. There is cnou'di 
therefore, to be said of the real defects of ourselves,\.s 
well as others, without attributi ig evil conduct' to 
people of which they arc not guilty. You should he 
slow to believe reports detrimental to the good name 
of your neighboi and still slower in spreedin<' them 
tiln-oad to the world. '^ '»**"" '••^ "' J- ° 


For the Companion, 
Are we Christians ? 

This is an important question, and ought to engage 
our minds from day to day. We should certainly 
know whether we are Christians, or whether -vse are 
not. In the first place we should see whether we 
ever have become such, and when we want to know 
this, there arises a question, which is something like 
thii: what is necessary in order to become a christian. 
The Laws of the United States tell us, what is neces- 
sary for the foreigner to become a citizen, and as we 
are all foreigners to the commonwealth of Israel, we 
must certainly learn from the laws of that kingdom 
what is required of u to become citizens of the King- 
dom of Christ Jesus, jdul we know after their citizen- 
ship has been fairly obtained, after we have, like the 
foreigner who comes to the United States, renounced 
all obligation to former rulers and kings, and have 
been naturalized lawfully, then we are still yet in 
danger of again loosing our citizenship. Treason and 
disloyalty will deprive us of it, and therefore the im- 
portance of the question we should ask : are we yet 
legal to our government ? True to our King and 
obedient to hi? laws ? If we can answer these ques- 
tions in the afirmative, then all is well with us, and we 
can claim our right as good citizens, and no one has a 
right to deny us any one of the privileges which by 
the Lord of all lords are given to his subjects. 

But suDJects of a worldly kingdom are bound by 
duty to defend their kingdom, wheaever the enemy 
approaches. The Christian's duty U to fight against 
the enemy of all our happiness, and if we are good 
soldiers in the cause of our Lord, then we will give 
battle to him wherever he is to be found. It _ is cer- 
tainly honor to the soldier when he is a fighting man 
and a dishonor when a coward. Therefore let us 
be good and brave soldiers, so that we can say with 
the apostle when we are done here below : "we have 
fought a good fight," &c. Let us always be found in 
the front. Our enemy is always in our rear watchijig 
his chance to capture some stragglers. 

But again ; we would consider it very foolish for a 
soldier (if he had the privilege) if he would choose a 
poor general for his leader ; yet in the fare of all this 
the majority of mankind will do this. We know we 
have two contending armies. The leader of the one 
IS Christ Jesus himself, and he has a small army only; 
while on the other hand we have the prince of_ dark- 
ness commanding a powerful array. Now Christ Je- 
sus is a very good leader ; ho never lost a battle : he 
is always in front of his army ; always cheering up his 
men, and if we avUI listen to him and follow, he leads 
them on to certain victory. And more than this.— 
He is always paying good wages, and promising a 
good bounty at the end of final victory ; and as he 
never has made one promise which he .has not fulfilled 
we can take him at bis word, and depend on all he 


But now let us see what kind of a general satan is : 

those of us who have served in his army must acknowl- 
edge that he is no leader at all. He is a coward, for 
he is always in the rear of his men, never in front, he 
is always encouraging them on until he has them in 
difficulty and then deserts them, and allows them to do 
the best they can. Again ; he is always promising 
and never fulfilling a single promise, because he was 
a liar from the beginning. lie pays them no wages 
at all for he never has anything for himself, ar.d still 
he keeps up a powerful army, so that we often have to 
wonder how he can be able to do so. But he is very 
sly, he knows very well that the army of the Lord is 
but a handful in comparison with his. This he tells his 
deluded army and tries to make them believe that by 
and by they yet will be able to accomplish a final vic- 

Deluded being, defeat is certain for you. All power 
in heaven and in earth is given to our leader, and 
your portion and those of your followers who will not 
desert from your army and come over to us will be in 
an awful place forever. Now which of these two will 
we have for our leader ? The one who was a liar and 
a coward from the beginning or the one who will make 
us happy in this world, and more abundantly so in the 
world to come ? "Choose ye this day whom ye will 


Stoncy Creek. Pa. 

Conversation on Feetwasliing. 

Forasmuch as the above subject has received 
considerable attention since our last Annual 
Meeting and a number of communications have 
appeared in the Companion, I have been solici- 
ted to write also, and in compliance with the 
request I will give the substance of a few con- 
versations with a brother on the subject of Feet- 
washing. I will give the initials M. and J. and 
hope the brother will have no objections, as the 
name will not be given. 

M. Brother J. ; There is a subject I would 
like to have some information upon. I do not 
speak of this subject for controversy, but for in- 
formation. The subject I refer to is the subject 
of Feet- washing 

J. Well brother M., I will try to give you 
all the information 1 can upon that subject. — 
What is dark to you ? the design, or the manner 
of performing if? 

M. The manner of performing it. I have 
for years thought the one who washes ought al- 
so wipe. 

J. Do you understand that the one that wash- 
es should wash and wipe the one next to him, 


and that one wash and wipe the next, and so 
on, all around the table ^ 

M. No ; I only moan that the one who wash- 
es should wipe all he washes, whether oni\ two, 
six, or no matter how many. 

J. AVell, now I understand you. But why 
do you think so I 

M. The example of Christ teaches me so. 

J. Then you base your understanding of the 
subject upon the t.rat)q>Jc of Christ do you? 

M. Yes. certainly ; that is good ground ; is 
it not I 

J. Vi'c will see. You understand that we 
shall obey the example, do you ? 

^I. Christ savs: 'T have fj-Wcn von an exam- 
pie, that ye should do as I ha\c done to you. 

J. Truly so. But now let us look at your 
manner of imitating his ermnjih'. \ ou wash 
and wipe six brethren. I will wash and wipe 
two, Sec. Now is this following CJn-i'^t^s exam- 
ple \ How many of the disciples were present 
on the occasion \ I answer twelve. For when 
the evening was come he sat down with the 
halve:' Matt. 26 : *20. "He pourcth water 
into a basin and began to wasli the disciples' 
feet, and to wipe them with the towel where- 
with he was girded." John 13 : 5. AVhose 
feet did he wash \ Answer, the disciples. — 
How many ? Answer, twelve. For John 
^vrites, "so when he had washed tlwir feet, 
certainly means the disciples, feet, for the twelve 
were present. Now brother M., if you wash 
and wipe «/x, and Christ in the rxdmpJr washed 
and wiped twelve, do you follow- the example ? 

M. \es, as far as washing and wiping is con- 

J. But is that the whole exam])le, literally ^ 
I answer no. I lence, though you plead for the 
'•examj'Ie" you do not imitate it. That ahvays 
was a difficulty in my mind. Now I will tell 
you how I understand the matter. Paul says (1 
Cor. 12 : 27.) "Now ye are the body of Christ." 
Therefore the church should represent the body 
of Christ. And without too much stress upon 
the number, I think the members of the mysti- 
cal body of Christ, the church, should repre- 
sent the members of his physical body. Now 
how many members of the physical body were 
employed ; I answer two, then to imitate that, 
how many members of the mystical body should 
be employed ? Answer, two. 

M. That is a new idea. I must have__ uumc 
time to consider, 


To he Continued. 

/''or t/if Conipanivn. 

Good GiltN. 

"Kvory i;ood nil't uud every pctfect ijil'l is fioin above and coincth 
down iVoni the Futhor of lights with whom is no variableness ueitli- 
cr shadow of turning." J.Hnies 1 : 17. 

Every good gift. James would teach us that all 
things are the gifts of God. If we have, then, gifts or 
talents couninitted to our keeping, it becometh U3 to 
bestir us, so that at the day of reckoning we may come 
forth as just stewards, willing to give account foj- every- 
thing committed to our hands. I consider the Com- 
panion a good gift, through which we may convey our 
ideas to one another, to the encouraging of one anoth- 
er. We feel the responsibility, and would say : keep 
it well supplied with such matter that is interesting 
and edifying ; so that it may in reality be what it is 
represented : good gifts, we believe we shall be hold 
answerable to God for the use we make of them; there- 
fore we should use great cautiou how we make use of 
those gifts ; as a man can receive nothing except it be 
^iven him from heaven. John 3 : 27. All thiniis are 
then the gift of God. Among the good gifts may be 
the blessings we daily receive : health of body and 

The many members of the body are good gifts none 
more so than the tongue or gift of speech, whereby 
there can much good be done and also not a little evil. 
The tongue has some important part to act ; perhaps 
more so than all the rest of the members combined. 
Scripture teaches us that all things can or hare been 
tamed, but the tongue no man can tame. All evil 
speaking, backbiting, and lying ; defaming of one 
another ; evil speaking of neighbors is perpetuated by 
that unruly little member, which wc should doubly 
guard, as being one of the most important of the good 

But the word would imply that there are other gifts, 
which are termed "perfect gifts," which we infer to bo 
God's Son and his word, which he sent into the world 
as a gift ; and we may safely terra it a perfect gift, for 
it is only from God that perfection comes. Then the 
nearer we imitate, or live to that word, the nearer to 
perfection wc may arrive ; not that avo can bo perfect 
in this world, but we should strive to come nearer to 
tiiat perfect gift, by imitating and following his pre- 
cepts and examples, which will lead us to hua^lity, and 
will direct us to do good ; to love God, and obey him ; 
to love our neighbor as ourselves. May our object be 
the furthering of the Gospel ; the honor and (ilory of 
God, and the welfare of our undying souls. 



Beware of evil thoughts and deeds. 



^'or the Companion. 
'•L.ile's Harvest." 

"Look on the fields; foi- they are -white already to liarvest."— 
John 4 : 33. 

Those words are from the lips of our Savior to his 
disciples, after a conversadon with a certain woman 
of Samaria. The Samaritans looked for a Messiah 
and wlien it was known that he had come and was now 
pitting on Jacob's well, many "believed on him for the 
.•^ajin^ of the woman, which testified: He told me all 
that I ever did." This, also, gave rise to the language 
of the text. Tho' eighteen hundred years have elapsed 
since this language was uttered, we are reminded, al- 
most weekly, of its truthfulness, by tho calls of breth- 
ren from almost every part of the country' : and I pre- 
sume nearly every brother and sister feels a responsi- 
bility resting upon them, but cannot see where to be 
gin, or what to do. If tears and prayers were suffi 
cient, no doubt tho^e piteous calls would cease ; but 
prayers and tears will not suffice ; we must work as 
well as pray. I shall here give a few extracts from 
the pens of some of our brethren on the frontier settle- 
ments. The first may be found in JSTo. IG, Vol. 4, of 
the CompaJiion. It is from brother Jacob P. JMoomaw, 
Tremont Co., Iowa. 

"We know of no members nearer than 75 miles. — 
The people are plain and sociable. I have been tell- 
ing them about the faith of the brethren and they seem 
to have a great desire to hear them preach,, and some 
are hungering after righteousness. Alay the brethren 
and sisters pray for the spreading of the Gospel, and 
may the ministering bicthrcn remember the ^Nords of 
our Savior : 'Go and preach the gospel to every crea- 
lure,' would be truly glad to have them come among 
us for a season, that some might be added unto us." 

Brother J. D. ITaughtelin, of Panora, Iowa, says : 
"We have a v/ide field and many more calls to come 
.ind preach than we can possibly fill." Brother Sam- 
uel Hilary of Urbana, Iowa, writes : "z\nd brethren, 
where you are many in number remember us in the 
far west : 2^raij for us that we may not be weak in the. 
faith : we are a few here at this place, striving to en- 
large Zion's borders. Oh forget us not: and the poor 
weak instruments, inexperienced in declaring the coun- 
sels of God: young iti years, and younger inthe life 
that he now lives, and younger still in the ministry ; 
pray God that he may be enabled to labor to the glo- 
ry of God, and to the good of his people." 

If anything was necessary to confirm the language 
of Christ in the text, we haNC it in the above extracts. 
Many more might be given, not only from the west 
but also from the east, uorth and south. It now re- 
mains for us to act in the case. The hungry must be 
fed ; and if wc are inactive, some may, in a starving 
condition, pai take of poisonous food to the ruin and 
destruction of the soul. What shall we do ? AVhen 
and where shall we begin ? What course shall we pur- 
sue ? are questions of momentous importance ; and re- 
quire immediate action and a decided course. From 

the lips of him who "spake as never man spake," we 
have the following language : "Pray ye therefore the 
Lord of the har/est that he would send forth laborers 
into his harvest." ' ''^V ■' " 

Brother Werntz, in No. 38-,' y^ot 4, says: "What 
good will it do if we pray for those parts which are 
destitute of the preaching of the Gospel and do not 
lay hold and do something? See James 2: 14 — 16." 
This is true. We may pray until we sink with hoary 
heads into the grave, and permit not the Lord to send 
forth laborers, and wc will still lack. It is true we 
have laborers, but more are needed. Not only in the 
West, and South, but likewise in the east and in the 
North. In an article entitled "The Macedonian cry," 
by brother J. L. Forney, we are told that there are 
thirty two preachers in Somerset Co., Pa., and when 
Washington Co., calls, we learn from brother C. G. 
Lint that there are none to go, under the present cir- 
cumstances; and there is no reason to doubt it. This 
being the case, the question arises : why does not 
Washington, and other countries follow the example of 
Somerset? It is indeed lamentable, to think that an 
old country in which the gospel has been preached at 
least twenty two years, should at last be destitute of 
a preacher. How can Macedonian cries be answered 
from places like this ? 

Bat means are required as well as laborers. This is 
a fact which cannot be denied. Although brother 
Ilarshbarger, in No. 41, Vol. 4 of the Companion, 
brings up the famous text, Matth. 10:9. "Provide 
neither gold, nor silver," kc. It is true the disciples 
lacked nothing when they returned ; but times and 
customs have changed since then. Brother D. M. 
Holsingcr, in No. 15 Vol. 4 says : "the time has been 
when tho territory settled by our brethren could be 
visited and attended to by our ministering brethren 
without much support." It is not. so. now. And 
brethren are well aware of the fact. If we admit that 
traveling could be done without means, who of us , 
would or could ask a brother, who is compelled to la- 
bor with his own hands in order to provide the neces- 
saries of life for himself and family, to go and fill those 
Macedonian cries ! We believe those who call, would 
C'^ase to do so, rather than ask a poor brother to spend 
even his litJie without a just remuneration. 

But, says one, "lot the wealthier go ; they need no 
support." Here, then, the idea comes up, that a weal- . 
thy brother shall spend time and money, until he be- ' 
comes poor in order to save us from contributing a 
mite to the cause of the Lord. No, brethren, let us 
all come up to the help of the Lord, and assist in this 
.-reat and gloiious work. We can all do a little, and 
never feel tliecirects of it. As the i/ear is composed 
o^i-ccoiids of tim?, so will our little contributions,, help 
to s'.vell the fund through which the gospel may be 
preached to all mankind. Now let us see how easily 
and effectually the work may be done. Suppose a cer- 
tain arm of the church is composed of 100 members, 
and each member will lay by one cent' every week for 



a missionary purpose ; ailho end of tho yearvre would 
have laid up S52. And the brotherhood is supposed 
to be about 100,000 members. This nufiibe'r ^vill lay 
up SIOOO every vcck, and at the end of the year wo 
should have the nice earn of S5i!,000, and who would 
miss it .'' And >\Uo gouid apt spend one cent a week for 
so great a cause ? 'ii'hQ va|lu« oi" onq qgg at , present 
prices would pay a sister's portion foi; two weeks ; one 
pound of butter, thirty five or forty weeks, almost a 
whole year : and the beads, flowers, feathers and rib- 
bons which decorate tho bonnets and hats of some ofonr 
sisters [or their children.-Ed] might be used in such a 
way as to raise their portlcn,without any inconvenience 
for some time. And when these resources fail, if noth- 
liiij eUe is h't't, make it known to some good rich broth- 
er or sister, and they will, no doubt, give for you and 
for themselves. I think the church could easily raise 
SlOO,000 yearly, since it would only require about two 
cents from each member, weekly. Why, then, do we 
delay ? Let us go to woi-k at once. Commence now. 
And remember brethren and sisters, one member can 
do but little, while all can accomplish much. I believe 
the Lord will abundantly reward'us with as increase 
of this world's goods, and by adding stars to our 
crowns in glory. Thiuk of those who hunger and 
thirst, after righteousness; many of thorn have left 
those who were near and dear to them, not only by 
tha tender ties of flesh and blood, but also by the ties 
of church fellow-ship, and have gone as little sparks to 
kindle and lighten tho dark and gloomy wes.tern hori- 
zon.' These are chey that call ; 

' ■ "And shall Uicy call in viiin ! 

Shall sheaves lie there uuffathcied, 
And -n-astc npou tho plain."' 


'■"I .!•^-^—mm. "itit 

^lurriagc aud Douie<<»tio Happiui-s.q. 

-Marriage is a serious matter, and should be well 
cousiderqd. Preparedness and fitness for the impor- 
tant step is too little tliought of sometimes. 

Young women should carefully cultivate dompstic 
-luties and habits, and practice useful needle-worl<.— 
A knowledge of preparing meals nicclv, and good 
management, are necessary for comfort and economy. 

A sensible man will look fjr the following fpialities 
in a wife: Gentleness and good temper, neatness in 
dress, that she is modest and woU-bchaved, that she is 
well ac(iuaintcd with household duties, thrU'ty, and 
likely to make a good manager ; and, above all, he will 
take care that she is likely to be to him a help, and not 
a hindrance, in the way to heaven. 

Neglect Off these things ofte.a hinders happiness, and 
causes much wretchedness^ri i, . 


Eph. v: 22-33 ; Col. iii : 18, 19 ; 1 Peter iii : 1-T. 

1. Be careful that custom and habit do not lessen 
your courteous attentions to each other. 

2. ^\ hen you perceive a languor in your affections, 

always suspect yourself; the object which once drew 
your regard may be still the same, and blame attaches 
to you. ■ . ' ' 

d. Be sure to avoid unkind and irritating languagol' 
Always conciliate ; it is your interest and your duty. 
Recollect what God has borne with in yon. 

i. Bear and forbear. You must both accommodate, 
or you will both bo unhappy. 

.5. Do not expect too much ; you are, not always the 
same, ho more is your partner ; sensibility must be 
■Hatched against, or it will soon become its own tor- 
mentor. * 

G. When you discover tailings which you did not ex- 
pect, make it a prayer that your regard may not be di- 
minished. Forbearance is the trial and grace of this 
life only. 

T. I'orget not that one of you must die first ; one of 
you must feel the pang and chasm of separation. A 
thousand little errors' may then wound the survivor's 

8. Never suft'er your regard for each otlier's society 
to rob God of your heart, or of the time ^ou owe to 
(rod, or your OAvn soul. ' 

9. I'ray constantly — you need much prayer. Prayer 
will engage God on your behalf. His blessing alone 
can make you happy in the midst of mercies, and soothe 
the bitterness of lite, 

10. Every day let your eyes be fixed on God through 
Jesus Christ, that, by the influence of the Holy Sj)irit, 
you may receive your mercies as coming frora Him, and 
that you may usethem to His glory. ''.' 

■;i. -'•;•>'■' - .mm>^»^mi^ — i>'>vTi;:.f- 
Timorcii Much TRinuLATiox. — No one reaches heav- 
en without passing through tha waters of tribulation. 
It is the law of the kingdom, and a necessary law. — 
The psalmist accounts for it on the principle .implied 
in the declaration — "Because they have no changes, 
therefore they fear not God." Yes, changes, sad and 
painful changes, arc often hecessary in order to turn 
the lace of God's chosen heavenward. Said a 
Christian who lost his house and property by fire, "If 
they had not perished I should have perished." And 
another who had lost his eye-sight. "I could never 
see till I was blind." Thus God leads through the 
troubled waters up to the sunshine and the peace of 
the rest above. Most true it is, through much tribula- 
tion ye shall enter the kingdom. — Family Tfcmure. 

LiFii's Troubles. — \Visdom makes all the troubles 
griefs and pains incident to life, whether carnal adver- 
sities or natural afllictions, easy and supportable, by 
rightly valuing the importance of and moderating the 
influence of them. It suffers not busy fancy to '\alter 
the nature, amplify the degree, or extend the duration 
of them, by representing them more sad, heavy and 
remediless than they truly are. It allows them no'force 
beyond what naturally and necessarily they hfive, nor 
Qontributcs nourishment to their increase. 



How shall we Escape ? 

"How shall wc escape, if we neglect bo great salTation." Heb. 3: 3. 

By the term salvation, we understand a sav- 
ing — a saving from some impending danger, and 
the greatness of salvation depends, in a great 
measure, upon the magnitude or extent of the 
danger from which we are being saved. This sal- 
vation then is great, because the calamity and 
danger from which it saves us, is also great, 
namely, that of lossing our eternal enjoyment or 
happiness in the world to come. 

When the world lay in sin and iniquity ; when 
there was no eye to pity, and no created arm to 
save ; in the darkest hours of the world, this sal- 
vation came. Christ making his appearance in 
the little town of Bethlehem, bringing from God 
his Heavenly Father, this plan of salvation by 
which the fallen sons and daughters of Adam 
can be saved. This salvation, then, is great on 
account of its origin. It originated, and flowed 
from the Throne of God himself The Apostle 
says, "God so loved the world that he gave his 
only begotten Son that the world may not per- 
ish, but have everlasting life." We imagine a 
scene in heaven, when the query went forth : 
"Who will go to redeem yonder world 1" All 
the Angelic and Seraphic hosts of heaven were 
silent. The question again goes forth: Yonder 
is that sin-cursed world, I have created them, 
and I love them, who will go to redeem them ] 
Says the Son : Father here am I, send me ; I 
will go to redeem that sinful world. The Son 
came, was mocked, scoffed and derided ; was 
"taken by wicked hands, and led up Mount Cal- 
vary's rugged brow, reared between heaven and 
earth, and died the ignominious death of the 
cross, that we might live. Behold the price of 
this salvation. It cost the precious blood of the 
Son of God, 

Again, this salvation is great on account of 
its extension : it extends to the uttermost parts of 
the earth, "Come unto me all ye ends of the 
earth, and be ye saved." It is also a free sal- 
vation, "And let him that is athirst come. — 
And whosoever wiU, let him come and take of 
the waters of life freely." 

It is also an impartial salvation. "God is 
no respecter of persons." There is none so low, 
there is none so high, none so poor, but he may 
attain to this f alvation. Neither is there any 
too ignorant. The prophet says, "the wayfar- 

ing man, though a fool, may not err therein." 
But there is danger of neglecting this great sal- 
vation. How often do men and woman, when 
convicted of sin, when the spirit of God strives 
with them, say with Felix of old, "go thy way 
for this time when I have a more convenient 
season I will call for thee," but that "more con- 
venient season" never come, till death overtakes 
them, and they drop into the grave in an unpre- 
pared state. They have neglected their salva- 
tion and how shall they escape at the great day 
of judgment. Their doom will be banishment 
from God, making their abode in the deep, dark 
caverns of irretrievable wo. Then may God 
help us to make sure steps for heaven and im- 
mortal glory, and not neglect this great sal- 


Congress, Ohio. 

Carrying ou Business for Christ. 

Many years ago, happening to be in South 
Wales, I made the acquaintanceof a Welsh gen- 
tleman. He was then a landed proprietor, liv- 
ing in his own mansion, and in very comfortable 
circumstances. He had been before carrying on 
an extensive business in a large town. By the 
death of a relative, he had unexpectedly come 
into possession of this property. After consider- 
ing whether he should retire from business, he 
made up his mind that he should still continue 
to carry it on, though no longer for himself, but 
for Christ. I could not help being struck with 
the gleesomeness of a holy mind which lighted 
up his countenance, when he said — "I never 
knew before what real happiness was. Former- 
ly I wrought as a master to earn a livelihood for 
myself; but now I am carrying on the same 
work as diligently as if for myself, and even 
more so, but it is now for Christ, and every half- 
penny of profit is handed over to the treasury of 
the Lord, and I feel that the smile of my Savior 
rests upon me." I think that is an example 
worthy of being imitated. — Duj^'. 


Not those who are appointed to judge of the 
character of others bear in mind their o-vm im- 
perfections, and rather strive by sympathy to 
soften the pang arising from a conviction of 
guilt, than by misrepresentation to increase 



Earueatness in Teacklng. 

It 13 much to be lamented that j 
there are so few enthusiasts in this j 
honorable and important work. — | 
Many who are engaged in it regard i 
it as'a bondage, and sigh for the 
day which shall finally release them 
from its drudgery and din. Tlioy , 
have never felt that theirs is a high | 
calling, nor do they ever enter the i 
school-room with the inspiring con- 
sciousness that they go as missiona- 
ries and pastors there. They un- 
dervalue their scholars. Instead of 
regarding them as all that now ex- 
ists of a generation as important as 
our own ; instead of recognizing in 
their present dispositions the mis- 
chief or beneficence which must tell 
on wide neighborhoods ere a few 
short years are run ; instead of train- 
ing up immortal spirits and expan- 
sive minds for usefmlness now and 
glory afterwards, many teachers 
have never seen their pupils in any 
other light than as so many rows of 
turbulent rebels, a rabble of neces- 
sary torments, a room-full of that 
mighty j)lague with which the Nile 
of our noisy humanity is all croak- 
ing and jumping over. And many 
undervalue themselves. Instead of 
recollecting their glorious vocation, 
and eyeing the cloud of teacher-wit- 
nesses with whom they are encom- 
passed ; instead of a high souled 
zeal for their profession, as that 
which should form the plastic mind 
after the finest models of human at- 
tainment and Scriptural excellence ; 
may regard their office as so menial, 
that they have always the feeling as 
if themselves were pedants. To prc- 
s"ribc the task, to hear the lesson, 
to administer monotonous praise and 
blame, is the listless round of their 
official perfunctoriness. ]5ut there 
are few fields of brighter promise 
than the calling of a teacher. If ho 
gives himself wholly to it ; if he «at 
before him the highest object of all 
tuiticn, the bringing souls to Christ ; 
if he can form a r«al affection tor 
his scholars, and maintain a paren- 
tal anxiety for their proficiency and 
their principles ; if he has wisdom 
enough tO; understand them, and 
kindnesd cnough^to sympathize with 
them ; if he have sufficient love for 

learning to have no distaste for les- 
sons; he will be sure to inspire a 
zeal for study into the minds of ma- 
ny — he will win the love of all ex- 
cept the very few whose hearts are 
deaf-born — and in a short time the 
best features of his own character 
will be muUij)lying in spheres far- 
sundered, in the kindred persons of 
grateful pupils. Should he live 
long enough, they will praise him in 
the gate of public life, or cheer his 
declining days in the homes which 
he taught them to make happy. — 
Or should he die soon enough, the 
rest from his labors will ever and 
anon be height? icd by the arrival of 
another and another of the children 
whom (iod hath given him. — Hamil- 

liOt*8 .>I intake. 
Lot chose wisely, as they of the 
world speak. Well, if this world be 
all ; he got a rich soil — became a 
prince, had kings for his society and 
neighbors. It was nothing to Lot 
that "the men of the land were sin- 
ners before the Lord exceedingly" 
— enough that it was well watered 
eveiy where. But his wife became 
enervated by voluptuousness and his 
children tainted with ineradicable 
corruption — the moral miasma of 
the society wherein he had made 
his home. Two warnings <iod gave 
him : first, his home and property 
were spoiled by the enemy ; then 
came fire from heaven ; and he fied 
from the cities of the plain a ruined 
man. His wife looked back with 
lingering regret upon the splendid 
home of her luxury and voluptuous- 
ness, and was overwhelmed in the 
encrusting salt ; his children carried 
with them into the new world the 
! plague-spot of that profligacy which 
had been the child of affluence and 
idleness : and the spirit of that rain 
offire, ofthe burned cities of the 
Plain rose again in the darkest of 
, the crimes which the Old Testament 
records, to poison the new society 
at its very fountain. And so the 
old man stood at last on the brink 
of the grave, a blackened ruin scath- 
ed by lightning, over the grave of 
his wife, and the shame of his family 
— saved, but only "so as by fire." — 


Corretpovdrnce of church imrt tolicitcil from 
all partt »f the Brotherhoad. H'nVcr'i uarnt 
and address required on evtry communicaiion, 
at guarantee of good faith. JJejectfd communi- 
cationx or manufcript ttsed, not returned. All 
commur.icationt for pnblicalion shouUt be writ 
ten upon one tide of the thret only. 


Will some one please give a scrip- 
tural reason why the sisters do not 
lay aside their garments when they 
arise from supper to wash feet ? 
since we learn in Matth. 12 : 50, 
"whosoever shall do the will of my 
Father in heaven, the same is my 
brother and sister and mother." 
Also in Mark 3 : 35, "whosoever 
shall do the will of God, the same is 
my brother and my sister and moth- 
er." Also in Galations 3 ; 28, 
"There is neither Jew nor Greek, 
there is neither bond nor free, there 
is neither male nor female, for ye 
are all one in Christ Jesus." 


Since Paul teaches in 1st Cor. 7 : 
89, that the wife is bound by the 
law as long as her husband liveth, 
but if her husband be dead, she is 
at liberty to marry whom she will, 
only in the Lord, (^the case being 
also the same with the man.) Why 
is it then that some of our members 
unite themselves in marriage to such 
as we think are not in the Lord ? 
but of the world and of other de- 
nominations ? W^ill some one ex- 

plain ? 


Will some brother please explain 
Mark 10 : 25. "It is easier for a 
camel to go throu;jh the eye of a 
needle than for a rich man to enter 
into thfl kingdom of God." 

E. G. ZUG. 

Report of theKabbatb Kchool in 

the Nctlle C'ree £ <.'oBgreeatlon. 


From report in Companion Vol. 
4, No. 39, issued Sept., 9th, until 
December 9th, 1868, includes twelve 
lessons, for our 7 classes ; 3 male 
and 4 female. The average num- 
ber of scholars present 30. Num- 
ber of chajiters read by the male 
classes 1534 ; fera&lc, 2033. Total 
3567 chapters. Number of versfe 



memorized by the male classes, 442; 
female 342. Total 784. 

This schoal is conducted by breth- 
ren only, (and according to the 
minutes of the Annual jlceting of 
18'38,) And we think our reports 
will be mo^'e extensive in the future 
than they have been in the past ; in 
eonserjucnce of a chang". which we 
have made in the time of our m.eet- 
ings ; it being one hour later than 
iisHaJ. Why is it that we do noc 
see more reports of Sabbath schools? 
Every school should report regular- 
ly, at some stated time. No differ- 
ence how small the report may be, 
"if we cannot do the best, we must 
do the best we can." 


~ ^ 

Proposed Vifiits by Griiybill Siy- 

'.!Qii'. January 27'tti, to j'J^iiadel- 
pmi. ' Remain two mghls." ]■ , 

On' Friday 29ch; to Green Tree, 
and remain until the morning of the 
4th of February. 

Thence to Indian Creek by such 
conveyance as shall be furnished. 

I.. expect some one to, accompany 

me on this mission. ../TRis. will we 

do if tiod, will. 

- ♦-• 

' ; C»rreclioa. 

Brother Benr;/ ; liease correct 
an error in my report of business of 
last Annual Meeting, on page 346 
of volume 4. Cedar Creek congre.' 
gation shoiild have credit for 128 
dollars, iostead of 125 dollar.?. 


' ; < I ;. ' ; ; -<»»»» 

Ijrotlicr Jaf ob" R. Eilenbcrger, 
PUttiburg, ilo., will give informa- 
tion of a rare bargain in a farm for 
sale in that vicinity, "at $25 per 
acre;* 200 acres, In'which he has no 
other interest than .,hat he wishes a j 
brotlier or brethren to buy it, and i 
live on it. Address him as above. ' 

-Our' paper this week goes to pliess , 
several days later tban we had ex- ' 
pecked,. ' on *'-accQu?i\; , of disappoint 
ment by one of our printers. Ojw- 
ing to the press of business and La- 
bor our matter also lacks in its ar- [ 
rangement. Several items of coi 

Christian Taniily Companion, kind reader. 

rcspondence have been crowded out, , 

as also other »i%ttgr^ intc 

this uumbex»f,--r":'' : •^*^^[i': T'-*'" 


Tyrone City, Pa., Jan. 5, 18»9. 

' Intrortuctory. 

Time, hi its ouAvard course, 
has made one more revolution, 
and has brought us safely to the 
first day of January, A. D., 1869. 
We have been meditating — 
deeply reflecting upon time past, 
time present, and time to coriie. 
In viewing the past our thoughts 
drag heaAily onward. The liv- 
ing and the dead are brought to 
memory. There are periods 
where ^ve would gladly pause, 
and some that w'e would fain 
evade. We' revert with glad- 
ness to thq. few good deeds of 
our life, and linger iondly by the 
thinly scattered days of pleasure 
and cnjo} ment, wliile we would 
hasten over periods M'hich cause 
remorse from which repenta;nce 
alone can afford relief. O that 
we could be wise, that we could 
so spend our time, that we might 
with pleasure look back '-and see 
that our whole life was thine." 
Time is still hasteniiig on as rap'- 
idly as,ever„ It appears but a 
vcrj" short time ago that Ave com- 
menced the publication of tlie 
Comp(miQn,. yet four full years 
have already been completed.-^-^ 
We have just commenced an- 
other year, but God only knows 
whether we shall be permitted 
to; complete it._ If we shall be 
permitted to do^o, it is our pray- 
er tliat the Lord will enable us 
to conduct the work to his honor 
and glory, and to the edification 
and instruction of his people. 
We feel moved, in view of thie 
brevity of. men's lives, to enter 
the new year with redoubled en- 
ergy. "NVe ha"\'e not many years 
of life to hope for, and not a day 
warfnntcd, liencc we desire to 
make good use of the present' 

Biit the Ai/oik-is not ours only, 

hastening on 

Your time, also, is 
. You, too, are a 
year nearer eternity than you 
were last New Year. You have 
one year less wherein to prepare 
for heaven and happiness. 

Let us then, editoi, contribu- 
tors, leaders — all, resolve to Avork 
and work with might, while it 
is yet day, for ''the night cometh 
when no man can work." 


II. J. Kurtz, Covington, Ohio. J. U. l)as 
paid only for the first half of Vol. 4. Hcuce 
owes 75 cents on last Vol. 

Jo'^cpU Stctzel, Mt. Carroll, 111. It is all 
right. Thank you. 

William iEjkeub''ri:y5 AVaterloo, Iowa. Utc 
the rvqmbers- nent for distiibution in obtaiu- 
iug^sajb.sci;iber'^. Vou have paid for next 

Samuel Browii; I.-lauU Ciiy, .^Io. You arc 
right ; wc did owe 3-ou 50 cents. The boot 
ha.-i been ,sbnt, and your uamc cntCfcd 'aiifl 
credited fov '69. ''' ^' '•■ ' ''-'■ l'''''- 

L. S, g-iydcr, Missouri Valley, Iowa. Tlifc 
jiamphlet (History of Harrison Co., Iowa.) 
ha ^ been received. Thank you. .It'ls'q,nilc 
ittterestina:, and may be useful to us. 

Honry C. Shonker, .Mouiitville, Pa. Y.«o 
can ccud the money by Tost Ollicc Order or 
by Registered l.eltcr, A single subscripiiou 
may be sent safely by putting up carefully iu 
g:6od envelope and plniiily ad"aressing it f/> 
"The Companion,''* ^TyVoue, P<i. Moncy^f^ 
der.s and chcck^; to be made payable toH.'JR. 
Jlolfringer or order. \ 

Iu Maiicln ster, Wababb Co., lud., Decem- 
ber Glh, our dear vouug brother^ SOLO^lOX 
K.^RX, aged SO ycar.~, 6 months, and IS d.iy-. 
Disease, Dyspepsia and Bronchitis. He 
spent, mueli'of his time and money to regain 
his health, but all in vain. He and Ivis wife 
'■ — a dear younff sister in Christ — traveled 
through the Western States and staid. in 
^Minnesota some time, but found no relief.— 
Came home in October and tinally death re- 
lieved him of bis sufferings. 

Our sister need not .-sorrow as ^bosc who 
L.ove no hope. lie died 5r,,tbe trictmT)h.of 
faith. Funeral services rendered by the 
vriter from John 11 !.35rt2G. , 

In lhc.iiis*issriiaw-a church, Delaware Co., 

Ind.. Oet'ob^rilih. TLOURTA E., daugrhtcr 

of Ada .B. and William GUM;P, ^ged 11 

months, and :.'ii days- l^isqasc, Summer 

compl.iint and chill-?. All .the. cnrc of 

' cuts and friends auctthc skill of physieiaiis 

! rcould not save fair. .Sliurjiaii gone to heaven 

I'to blossom there. FtWieral discourse by 

1 breUiren JohnU. alidGcorgaW. Studebafcor, 

I Ironi Luke 1$;16. ..; i; ; m-'iit 



Also, in the samo con ?«»£;«< ion* Nov. 'JOtli, 
efBtcr CATHAUINK I10I.DHF.N, who of 
iTrioml \Va>liin^ton lloldrcu. of ?«l!>y, iis;cil 
53 yojirs, U iiionih!-, and I day. iShc leavos 
a luisbaml and 2 sti-p-chlldron lo mourn their 
loss. She had hecu consovl of brother An- 
drew Youiuo, deceasttd, and lcuvo& fi chil- 
of her former hnsbaml. all married but one. 
F\iueral discourse hy brethren John V. and 
GcQTire W. Sluuebaker. from lli;l>. '.t : 27. 

•' " ' F.T.rZABKTn STl'DEBAKEK. 

I 1ST OK .MONKY'S received for subscriii- 
J lion to the Cctii^.aulon since our last. 
Jolin H. Giliblc. Litiz, Pa. 1.50 

■n'cndell llenn-. Derrv Chnrclij Pn \.!W 

Lydia Suavely, Sliarpsburs:, "MA. 1.50 

B! F. MoomaW. Boiisaeks,' Vn. (credit) l.i.tX) 


S. Y. Souders. Hattield, Pn. 

Anua -V. Stolcr, (Juiney. Pa. 

V\"m. N. ricmmer, Xorristowu, Pn. 

Miranda Eeker, Walnut Bottom, Pn. 

Ella Williams, Fiinkstown, Md. 

Henry C. Miller, Ottobiuo, Va. 

Eliz.'Pennyiiaekcr, Port Providence, Pa 1.50 

Norman Fnw, Salem, X. C. 
E. B. <Tra88myer, Belleville, Pa. 
I). G. IlcnJrieks, Chester, Pa. 
Betty (iarbcr Gosbou, Va. 
Mary Garber, Beaverdam, Md. 
Adam Beclman, DUlsburg, Pa. 
S. A. Garter, Leon, Iowa, 
Danl Ncher, Rossville, Ind. 
Daul Mohler, " 

John C. Richer, Peni, Ind. 
Samuel Metzcrer, Kossuth, Ohio, 
Gcorjre Gerlach, Girard, III. 
Maria Hart, Bcechymirc, Ind. 
Eliza Brandt, Somei-set, Ohio, 
Fli P. Pre>scl, Millville, Ind. 
Michael Neher, Virdeu, 111. 
John Mohler. Bradford, Ohio. 
Goorce Werntz, Colchester, 111. 
R. C.'^Ross, Easton, W. Va. 
John Wise, Scenery Kill, Pa. 
James R. GUh, Secor, 111. 
John S. Mctzircr, Rossville, Ind. 
B. B. Plainc, Panora, Iowa, 
U. H. Troup, Peoria, Iowa. 
David 8. Wine, Mt. Sidney, Va. 
8aml Jacobs, Mummasbnnj, Pa. 
Phineas Miller, Ger. Settlement, W. 
Martrnret OcUii,', Upton, Pa. 
t. 1 \er, Huuterstown, Pa. 

^- elTerstown, P:i. 

B. - r^rer. Walnut, Pa. 

John thick, Burkhart, 111. 
Afljin M. Sfiffler, TloUidaysbur- Pa, 
'"t, N. Georgetown, O. 
^ N. Lisbon, O. 


-E. :.uion, Iowa, 

■ Geo. W. Ilclwi<,', Alianec, Ohio, 
B. Gnairy, Ashton, ill. 
Geo. Worst, X. PittMiurg, O. 
Dadrt Gerlft. h, Mt Jov, Pa. 
G. Klltcrmnn, Montpc'lier, In. I. 
Geo. Wolf, Stockten, Cal. 
Geo. Lint, Bona Vista, Ohio, 
Fred W. Kohlcr, X. Middletown, O. 
C. C. Root, Kioiiston, Mo. 
Jas. Weaver, Brimneld, Ind. 
J. 8. HarlcY, Line I^xlnsjton, Pa. 
John r. <»l!n;r!!i!r. Fairview, Pa. 
Di' ' ' "' ' ■ '' ■i'-astle, Pa. 
S'l le Valley, Pa. 

- - pay to end of Vol. 5. 

EIiz. Giies, BhirlcysbDri^, Pa. 

EMer Jacob Steel, Yellow Creek, Pa. 

Jane Aldcrson, Bulls Gap, Tcnn. 

Yon say $1.50 but your letter con- 

laincd $a.(io. We have given von 
-credit with the amount, ft ibut 

right ? 
WjnTBytfr^ Ebcnsburg, Pa, 




Va 1..50 








Snslo Kj IfralUcr, • " / ^ ••>";[ ; 

E. W. Miller, Middletown, Mo. 

Bonj. Mnsser, Shanlfsvllle, Pii. 

John Smith, linrbauk, Ohio. 

Her.ry Hershbarirer, Bloody Kuii, i';i. 

.\dnm Ph'le. St. Thon\ap, Pa. 

Jonathan Leiller, >[ycrslown, Pa. 

(ieo. BrumbauiTli, Wr.lerside, Pa. 

Geo. Ueitz, Benfords Store, Pa. 

Levi llertzlor, Kichland, Pa. 

Obcd Snowber-er, Quincy, Pa. 

Danl Snowbertjer, N. Enterpri^e, I'a. 

11. W, Slinmel, Sliarpslniri>-, .Md. 

David Roihrook, llaz-l Dell, HI. 

A. T. Stewart, Plymouth, Ind. 

Isaac L'lery, Pynij^nl, Ind. 

M. T. Bar, C-e'itrcyiHe, Mich. 

J. Y. Snavolv. HiuUoh, HI. 

Elijah Foltz," Elkhart, lud. 

Jacob Miller, South Bend, Ind. 

Danl Browor, Lima, Ohio, 

David Bowman, Ua^erslown, Iiul. 

D. S. Miller, Polo, 111. 

Wm. H. Lichty, Waterloo, Iowa, 

Susan Long, Union. Iowa, 

O. C. Ellis, Dora. lud. 

W. Arnold, Somerset, Ohio, 

John Clingingsmith, Barry, 111. 

Levi B. Rel)logle, Paitonsvillc, l\i. 

Geo. Bucher, Cornwall, Pa, 

Jacob Friedly, Quincy, Pa. 

S. R. Zng, Maslersonvillc, Pa. 

Andrew Trostle, Blaiu, Pa. 

Isaac Myers, Xew Hope, Vu. 

J. R. FoglesanRei, SUippeusbiiru:, I'a. 

J.R. Lauc, Hill Valley, Pa. 

J. B. Tawzcr, Sccor, 111. 

D. D. Daily, Ximisila, Ohio, 

Nathan BoUner, Pioneer, Ohio, 

Saml Marklcy,'Hart\ille, Ohio, 

D. Barriuger, Elkhart. Ind. 

A. H. Suowberger, liuutiugtou, lud. 

Geo. Brubakcr, Ervin, lud. 

II. J. Kurtz, Covington, OhiO: 

C. Ilouoeufluck, BucktoH, Va. 

Geo. Reuner, Grant, Iowa, 

Joseph Stetzel, Mt. Carroll, 111. 

Ephraim Brumbaugh, X. Baltimore. O. 

A. B. Wallick, BrcedsviUc, Mich. 

Tobias M. Cotfnian, East Hcmpficld, Pi 

Rosswell Hildrcth, Morrison. 111. 

P. B. Porter, Sinking Springs, Ohio, 

George Paul, Mejenioa, Ind'. 

C. Wcrntz, Eavanna, Mo. 

A. B. Snyder, Urbaua, 111. 

■M. Glollclty, Liberty villc, Iowa, 

Isuac Secrist, Oscar, Pa. 

James S. Kirk, Gcrmautown, I'a. 

Saml X. Wiue, Otlobine, Va. 

Jacob l". OUcr, Wayucsboro, Ba. 

C. Xewoomcr, Bryan, Ohio, 

J. W. Mahoncy, Ladoga, lud. 

Joo. S. Snowberj3;r, Williamsburg, Pa. 

Jos. A. Helrick, Oakland Mills, Pa 

E. L. Yoder, Madisonburg, Ohio, 
W. S. Myers, Somerset, i'a. 

C. C. Mustchnan, " 

S. M. Goughnour, Elkhart, Iowa, 

Lewis Kcnsinger, .Maniasburg, I'a. 

C. M. Shively, Millliubnrg, Pa. 
Josiab Beeghly, Accident, Md. 
.Martin F. Garber, MoOrcs Store, V;i. 
Thomas D. Lyon, HncUon, 111. 
Christiana Koyer, Shady tirove, Pa. 
Joseph Shcrfy, Freedom, Tcnn. 
Hiram Gibblc, Wliile Oak, Pa. 
John Price, AVayncsl oro. Pa. 

D. D. Horuer, Joue« Mills, Pa. 
Wni. Hartzler, Elizabelhtown, Pa. 
Asa Ward, Bykcsvillu, .Md^ 

Wm. McWhorter, Blooming Grove, lud 

Piiilcmou Holler, lircmcnj Ohio, 

J. J. Cart, Virdon, 111. • 

D. K. Tceterj Sulphur SjJriL'jjsj Itja, 


7.. 50 
4.. 50 
1 ..50 


















1 .50 













I 1..50 



4. .50 

. 1..50 

Joel Young, Wncbcster, Ohio, 5.25 

Geoigo Crain, Olivia, Pn. 2.50 

M. Roop, Brookvillc, Ohio, 1.50 
AV. M. Lichtcnwaltor, Chippewa, Ohio, 9.00 

1). M. Witmer, AsliliiuU, Ohio, 15.011 

Jacob A. Kepncr, JohusviUo, Ohio, 1.5i) 

Saml Brown, Island City, .Mo. 1.00 

Amauda Bashor, Empire Prairie, Mo. 1.50 

Jesse Sellers, Mctz, Ind. 1.50 

Isaac Bartow, Millerstown, Ph. 1.00 

Jacob Stehmnn, East Ilemptield, Pn. 1.50 

Isaac Lutz, Shanon, III. t..50 

Nathaniel Ogg, Prestou, .Minn. 3.00 

Jacob Bectrhley, Summertiehl, l^.i. 1.50 

Ezra Zumbrun, Merriam, Ind. 15.00 

Jacob M«tzger, VersailcP, Ohio. 1.50 

J. E. Snyder, Mi-souri Valley, Iowa, 4..S0 

A. Leedy, .Jr. Antioch, Ind. ' 6,00 

Isaac Ault, Lagrange, Inil. 1.50 

C. Wiso, MansUcld, Ohio, 4,50 

C. V. Wirt, New Boston, Minu. 10.00 
Danl X. Wibgert, Franklin Grove, 111. 4.50 
John H. Miller, Forest City, Mo. 3.00 
Ezra B. Iloak, Sclbysport,"Md. 1.50 
S. A. Mort, DavtOD, Ohio, 3.00 
Geo. V. Kollar,'N. Phila., Ohio, 9.00 
L. J. Swinehart, Connotton, Ohio- 1.50 

D. A. Mcrtz, Burnet's Creek, Ind. 1.50 
Levi Ilartzlcr, Goshen, Ind. 3.00 
Martin Mooraaw. Rogersvillc, Ohio, . 1.50 
J. B. Landis, Delphi, Ind. (credit) 18.00 
N. P. Xycc, Harlevsvillc, Pa. 3.00 
Isaac Price, Schuylkill, P.i. 3.00 
S L Fnnderburg, Oregon, 111 .75 
Saml Kline, Bowmans Mills, Va 12 00 
Wm Pauncbaker, Uouev Grove, Pa 7 50 
Daul Wolf, Jr, .Mycrsviilc, MA 14 5U 
Jacob .Mohler, Lewisiowu, Pn 21 50 
Joseph Myers, Last Berlin, i'a 4 5o 
Benj Benshoof, Johnstown, Pa 18 Oo 
II Suileman, Staunton, Va 3 00 
C P L Roberts, Conemangh, Pa 11 W 
D B Klein, Stonersville, Pa .1 5o 
Henrietta McXoughton, Xewjwrt. Pa 3 Oo 
II E Light, White Oak, Pa ' 9 Oo 
Geo Wine, Singers Glen, Va 6 Oo 
Sarah K liohror, Smithburg, Md 6 OO 
S R Moore, Bulls Gap, Tcnn, ' 4 50 
Jonathan Bcrkeybile, Johnstown, Pa 150 
Saml Strine, Miilersburg, Ind 13 10 
John Swartz, Elida, 111 3 00 
Barbara HoUman, Millcrsburg', Ind i 50 
Jacob Price, Lanark, III S uo 
Henry Bender, Boliver, Ohio, 3 00 
Catharine Frantz, X Hampton, O 2-00 
Abrain Frantz, X Manchester, lud 3 00 
Aafou Dichi, Defiance, Ohio, 1 5u 
Elizabeth Lehman, Lanark, 111 1 50 
Lucinda .McUiUger, Columbia, Pa 1 5o 
Jacob Hollinger, White House, Pa 4 5o 
J H I!aUOn»jicrger, Clear Spring, Pa 3 00 
Abram I Ccinian, ■\Veslnilnslcr, MtF' 1 .50 
John H Ulrich, Huntington, Ind ^ ] 5o 
Henry Hoko, Go.shcn, Ind o OO 
John Hollinger, Xapicrviile, 111 4 50 
James A Murrav, Rici-son, i'a i .50 
John T Rowland, Dcljdii, Ind S 00 
J B Biumbaugli, Uniou, Ohio, 1 50 
Mania Wiucr, Col Corner, Ohio, 4 60 
J G Kintucr, Defiance, Ohio, 3 20 
Joseph Studabaker, W .Manchester, O 1 .50 
J F Xeher, P.ossville, Ind 1 .-,() 
Isaac Dell, Hauscrtowu, Ind 5 00 
Leonard Emmcrt, Bencvola, Md ; r,ii 
A II CasscI, Harlcysville, Pa 1 ,vi 
Saml Kline, Bowman,- .Mil', V.i I'li 
J W EUer, Salem, ^'a ^J o,, 
Joshua Holler, Elizabefiitown, Pa ] ■.'.•, 
J F Oiler, Waynesboro, Pa. ;; r,i 
Danl Zook, Pat tons vi lie, Pa. 1 -,0 
J W Bfongh, Davidsvillc, Pa j ji, 
U B Taylor, Alloona, P« i ^,j 
I Ilunabcrger, 704 Wall St, I'liila, 1 50 
J D Rosenbcrgcr, Soudore SUtiou, Pa. 1 ^0 




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EXCELSIOR BEE HIVE, pat'd July Slst, 
1868. On an entirely new principle. Can 
be turned so as to make abroad and shallow 
hive in Summar ; and then again so as to 
make a tall narrow hive in winter : while 
the frames with combs at same time remain 
firmly in their placd. ^Is better adapted to 
Buccessftil bec-kcepi.ig than any other frame 
hive. Tlicy can l)e made for $2 a piece. 

Send $7 for a hive, well furnished, and 
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Neti) Vohone, January 1st. 



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•nd ye have overcome the^;i.ked one/ ""^^ John*^- S'^f ,i" ^-ou, 

During the late rebellion the yoM<J and inex 
penenced were often perstiaded to enlis unde; 
false representations of the true character of thp 
ser.-ice upon which they entered. The .'oner 
possible. Any thing and every tning wao' p.*. 
aded to induce enlistment but the honest pre- 
sentation of the fearful facts which every recruit 
should know. This i.*; the case with many 
would-be officers in the spiritual warfare. Re- 
ligion is painted in all colors save those that 
are produced by the beams of the Sun of Righte- 
ousness. The trumpet gives an uncertain sound, 
preparation for the battle is impossible, and the 
enemy, instead of being repulsed, is only given 
so much more vantage-ground ; and the young 
soldier — old one's too, for that matter — brand- 
ishing his worthless blade, hacks the Bible and 
the Cross into fragments, and holds them up be- 
fore God and angels and men, as the evidence 
of his valor, and the Divinely-certified pledge of 
final victor)- and an unfading croNMi. But you 
we feel confident, have enlisted under different 
circumstances. You have been properly instruc- 
ted before your enrollment. Your e(piipment is 
of Divine manufacture. From head to foot you 
stand accoutred in the whole ajmor of the Gos- 
pel. You 6t«pped into the ranks knowing tliat 

you must 

and •' ^>7'^ 7""^^ ^^°^'^' '*"^'"^g «ff«inst 

JesusChHst'' V T"^"T"^^""^ ^«^di^r« «<■ 
JesusLhiist Youhave been made acquainted 

expenmenta ly, with the enemy with whom ou 
must maintain a life-i" '- " ^ 

xi ^"g contest. You know 

the cost at which rou have fled from tl°L an J 
o« have been fonvarned of the hazard^andner- 
I. which yoH must encounter before you reach 
the promised inheritanee. You have subject e 
and objective testimony to the forgiveness'' of , 

the Father," are 


in the power of his 

one," walk 

might, "have overcome the wicked 

inbelmr'o^T^^v '''''' «^ '^'^ abiding 

count of dfn ^ '[^ "* ^^"^^' ""^1 ^'^^' no ac^ 
count of dens on and persecution, and the sacri 
fice of life and substance onlv so tV«f Z, 
successfully ''fight the g^od Vht,'' ai^ <'fiS 
your course with joy." 

Is this a faithful photograph of vmir lift. o. 
soidier of the Cross ? If it ifno f n f^.f f "" 
^^vfv..,vp,i nr x^hof J ". ^-^ not in fact as here 

your salvarr6u*Xn«f^5m_desire. is it in snint jmd 
and out of it are the issues of being, and if God 
is en temp led there, every thing pertaining to the 
body, from the falling of a hair to the unlossing 
of a shoelatchet, will take character from God's 
dominion in the seat of the emotions and prefer- 
ences. If you are what your profession ad\'ertises 
you, you everywhere evince the determination to 
cling to the condition of victory and salvation, 
so exultingly expressed by David in Psalm 57: 
7, "3/y heart isjixed, God, my heart is fixed, 
I loill sing and give praise." Alliance with the 
most distinguished family on earth, is a mere 
nothing, in point of honor, dignity, and benefit, 
compared with everlasting community of life 
and glory with the King of kings. Had some 
mighty monarch offered to any of you his name.' 
and fame and fortune, thousands of your fellow- 
mortals would have envied you, and deemed you 
specially favored. But when you went down 
into the stream to ratify your nuptials with the 
Infinite God, perhaps not a fe^' of your acquain- 



tances would not have been in 
half a kingdom. Those v/ho 

king's wedding, esteem themselves highly hon- 
ored. They take higher rank in society ever 
afterward. But when God himself even so con- 
descends as to plead, with bleeding heart, for 
espousal with the sinner, instead of being re- 
garded as an honor, it is looked upon as a most 
pitiful degradation. Such a step, intelligently 
taken, requires a fixed heart, and this demands 
a prior sense of sin as a dominant destructive 
power, which nothing but the Holy Spirit can 
produce. Transition from the consciousness of 
our proper self as a sinner, and under the sen- 
tence of Divine condemnation, to a state of cons- 
ciousness in God as a partaker of his nature and 
heir of his kingdom, involves a process so full of 
hell and horror, that the strain of the Psalmist, 
as uttered from our hearts has a meaning that 
brings us, in a sense, soul to soul with Jesus in 
the darkest, most harrowing experiences of his 
earthly history. "To do thy will, O God," was 
only another way of saying, "my heart is fixed." 
'•The whole world lieth in wickedness," and 
"God manifest in the flesh" most necessarily 
create a universal hostihty from the world to- 
wards this mysteriously constituted Person, so 
-acineve-a work nice that which-Jesus proposed 
m his day, viz. to give the race an example of 
perfec righteousness, and redeem the world 
from all iniquity, required nothing less tharin- 
finite holiness incarnate, and su?h a sS?e of 
hear as the result of such a union that could 
fece the aggregate wickedness of earth and hell 

Sr?.7V^'r^''^ ^"^^^""^ ^^^^ infringing, in 
thought feeling, temper, word, or act^n'' the 
perfect law of God. "My heart is fixed,"^s he 

Singularity is a concomitant of oneness with 
Christ as certainly as respiration is of life and 
as the spn-it of the world is selfish and intoLr- 
ant, noUiing is more essential to the maintenance 
of our Heavenward relations, than a fixedness of 
purpose that submits to death in any forni rath 
er than barter the hope of eternal life in order ' 

or ^ITX""'" ^^"'^ defamation, persecution 
or toituieihe various sects that existed in 
the days of Chj-ist, while contending with 

your place for ) another, united in common hostility to him. — 
are invited to a i It is the same to day. The Savior was oftered 


earthly honor — a throne and a cro^vn, but that 
which is so luring to our fallen nature had no 
power over him. Failing to lift him to a throne 
they impaled him on a cross. There the "fixed 
heart" was broken, but not unbent from its de- 
termination "to do Thy will O God :" "Let this 
mind be in you," as the only condition of your 
salvation, for "if any man have not the Spirit of 
Christ, he is none of his." "Set your face like 
a flint" against all the allurements and assaults 
of Hell, whether they come in the form of 
wealth, honor, pleasure, contempt, fire, or sword. 
He that endureth unto the end shall be saved. 
There is no alternative but unswerving devotion 
to the truth, or "everlasting destruction from 
the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of 
his power." None but Jesus, must be your re- 
sponse whatever betide. Singularity in the 
length and breadth of our being, "enduring 
the cross, despising the shame," will exalt us to 
a pitch of joy and a position of dignity which 
Hell itself knows is well worth suffering for 
while on probation. The angels that kept not 
this first estate, and are now weltering in the 
torments of perdition, have not forgotten the 
tue^uuurefaDie' bliss" of 'the'Trp'TH^!?"'^*^- •''"^ 

th ' th^ol ^^ ^'^"- "^^ t? G^and ^^d^ 
that they oppose every conceivable obstacle to 
those for whom Christ died. A fixed hearf . 
will, a purpose, thar has in it the strength .'? 
endurance of God incarnate, and the voW of 
of Eternity is the only plank that kee^s us out 
of the fixed state of everlasting antagonism to 
and 'w'of 'l^rlf" bo^tomless%-ortexTunre 

las? he fall '^-W.'^' f ^"^^^^' '^^'^ ^'^^ 
last he fall. "Watch and .pray that ,ye enter 

not into temptation." ^ ^-^or^ d^vL ^^^^^ 

histo^y'of 'rl'"f ''J'^^'^.oi men'';as'a feature in the 

ment from , I^k • ^^^T"" °^ "°"®- Such treat- 

xi.xeaness in good, and love cf souls on His cart and 

Spirit aiad conduct. 


conformity to the world in 

rU^n f II • , "" ■'■"^ "^ovld has not in these latter 
days fallen in love with Chri 
P3ct to his followers on 


, nor does it evince res- 
account of their alleiriance to 

-Wim. Let us reproduce the Life of Jesus ... « ,,.,, 
uncompronusmg manner, as we should and mly^and 

in a rigid. 



we will soon raise a storm of persecution. It may not 
come in tlio form of fagi^ots anil gibbots, but it ■»nll 
come from the pulpit and tlio press, and from malignant 
hcaiti ami slau-ieroiis tongues all around us. Tho ''of- 
fence of the cross" and "t!ie reproach of Christ" hare 
not ceased. When we considev the innate hostility of 
the world to '"pure and undcfilcd religion," we cannot 
bnt feel how deeply necessary to steady and fortify our 
every step and every undertaking with the immutable 
re.solution, "my heart is fixed, <jod, my heart Is 
6xed." And unless we are sustained by this determi- 
nation, born of the Holy Spirit, reguhiting the interior 
workings aud outward expressions of our life as by a 
mainspring coiled out of the very heart of God, we will 
certainly, but peThaps insensibly, glide down the cur- 
rent, '-mix with the people," and be as "a cake not 
turned." llosea 7 : 8. There is a fearful tendency in 
the human heart to exercise ita depraved elements, and 
become fixed in some form of self-pleasing. All the 
surroundings and influences of the world work toward 
that end. In our flesh there dwelleth no good thing, 
and as long as we are in the bodv, it is fight, fight, 
figlit. Our bodies are temples of God, and our hearts 
Jncense-breathing altars, yet, in our complex constitu- 
tion, there is many a little waste spot not yet subjuga- 
ted to the rightful owner, in which demons sit laughing, 
an.l gibing, and tempting. "The earth is the Lord's 
and the fullness thereof," but Satan knows how to fash- 
ion anything into an idul,froin the most magnificent en- 
dowment of Heaven down to a lap dog or domcsticfowl. 
My face tingles with shame while I aver, as a matter 
a'mcst too insignificant to mention, and yet significant 
known brethren who were more gemlSUauiiVjA a uavv 
to their horses and dogs than to wife and children.— 
He that is able to receive it, let him receive it. 

In the enemy's territory, wo must be all eye, al. ear. 
On all sides are objects that wear the aspect of good- 
nesp, which are nothing hut gins and traps of the wicked 
on«i. If we are off our guard but a moment, or become 
drowsy at our post, we are sure to slip a little, if not I 
much, toward the seen and the temporal, a,way from 
the unseen and the eternal. The robe of Christ's right- 
eousness is proof against all the weapons of the adver- 
sary, but sometimes a gust of passion, or some other 
temptation, will unbuckle our coat of mail, and then the 
arrows of Satan penetrate to the quick and wound our 
peace. (Jur vigilance must be constant and persistent. 
We do not find out all the devices of the Devil in a day. 
A lifetimo will leave us much to learn. A heedless, 
dozing disciple is an easy prey to the destroyer of souls. 
"Therefore, let us not sleep as do others ; but let us 
watch and be sober." 1st Thess. 5 : G. The 7th verse 
show? that sleep and drunkenness go together. A pro- 
fessor but half awake is never sober. He lacks discern- 
ment, r.rid mav as easily swallow the Devir^ opiate as 
the water of li'fo. ''Tuo heart is deceitful aojve all 
things, and desperately wicked ; who can know it." 
Jer.°17 : 9. The introspeaivo gaze that trua rehijion 

requires, oh how rare, because so difficult and painful. 
It is a fearful sight to look down into the dark, foul 
depths of the heart. So heavy and dense are tho fogs 
of sin, that we need Divine illumination to see what a 
brood of hateful monsters aro nestling in tho very cen- 
tre of our being. The crooked, wily serpent can wrig- 
gle himself into the HoIt of holies, and look and speak 
like a very Gabriel. No lot in life is so exempt from 
temptation as to allow us to lay down our wcapona, or 
forego self-examination. Not only in every relation 
but in every department of life, you will have your pa- 
tience tried, and your faith testod. In the barn, in the 
house, in the field, sowing, reaping, washing, cooking, 
swooping, and wliat not ? Satan finds means in all to 
vex and weary the soul that strives for the mastery. — 
Perhaps when 3'ou come from secret communion with 
God, your heart aglow with devotion, you encounter 
some trial that stirs tho very dregs of your evil na- 
ture. Whatever the form, or whatever the power, of 
your temptations, let this bo the spirit in which you 
meet them, "•my heart is fixed, God, my heart is 
fixed." The soul that is fixed on God and «i God, is 
on a Rock against which the gates of hell shall not pre- 
vail. It is under influences and in an element tliat im- 
pel it to a settled state in tho majesty and blessedness 
of the Infinite. Nothing definite has ever entered into 
the conceptions of the wildest ambition in the unrenewed 
heart, that does not dwindle into insignificance along- 
side '"the glory that shall be revealed in us." If you 
are "unstable as water, you shall not excel." Gen. 
49 : 4. Bo not ai "clouds without water, carried about 
of winds," or "like a wave of the sea, driven with the 
wind, and tossed." "Let not that man think he shall 
with Christ ii; vjuu; '^-x —i >; t ^ a, „„^ i;rp bf> lid 
the blessed issue of stability in the everlasting pnrtu- 
ple of holiness. Tho heart thus fixed and centred, will 
be enabled, in time and in eternity, to "sing and give 

^''"''•" C. H. BALSBAUGH. 

Power of" Prayer.— a" man well known on tho Lon- 
don stacre as a dramatic author, but as a man_ ot high 
pre-eminence in the dramatic art and practice, and 
who, thirtv years afi;o, was running an entire round 0. 
riot and /evelrv, told me after he had become a preach- 
er of Oarist's gospel, tuat through aU those years ol ri- 
ot and revclrv, in connection with tae stage and tlie 
.ri-een room at Covent garden and other places, ho al- 
ways heard his mother's voice ringing m his ears. Her 
very words, and the tones of her voice, came to his 
recollection and he was fairly followed by his mooher 
lon.r after she had gone to heaven. It ended in bu 
conversion ; and ho bado me tell all rucn that this lue 
of his had been continually deteriorating^ hu moral na- 
ture ; and he also bado me tdl all mothfcrs never to 
despair of an ungodly son, even if ho should tako to 
tho -boards' but to pray on, and hopo and believe on 
—Sunday School Treamrj. 



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Books which have been sent to us by some breth- 
ren for poor members of this the church in 
Richland county, Wis. 

"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou 
shalt find it after many days," Eccl. 11:1. 

A kind word and a charitable act often pro- 
duce happy effects. By kind entreaties the 
angry passion and base design of an enemy may 
be subdued. Solomon says : "If thine enemy 
hungers, give him bread to eat ; if he thirsts give 
him water to drink ; and the Lord shall reward 
thee." More so when we give to the poor. "He 
that hath pity on the poor lendeth unto the Lord, 
and that which he hath given will he pay him 
again." Prov. 19:17. And as it is written. Psalm 
112:9, "He hath given to the poor, his righteous- 
ness endureth forever." Greater still the reward 
will be, for acts of kindness bestowed upon the 
poor members of the church of God. As we 
have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto 
all men, especially unto them who are of the 
household of faith. Gal. 6:10. At the great 
day of final retribution the Judge will say: 

Yea, even as low down as "a cup of cold water" 
given to a disciple of the Lord, will be had in 
memorial by the just Judge. Matt. 10:42 Be 
encouraged, then. Brethren, "make to yourselves 
friends of the mammon of unrighteousness ; that 
when ye fail, they may receive you into ' ever- 
lasting habitations. Then and there is when and 
where we may expect to find again the bread 
which we may now cast upon the waters; not 
in the shape we dispursed them; but in an im- 
mortal form. Those words of encouragement 
and tokens of love we administer to the poor, 
may be the means by which we may attain to a 
high station in the Kingdom of Glory. Yea, 
they will shine as diamonds in the "Crown of 
Righteousness" which we shall receive at the ap- 
pearing of our Savior. Then, "thev that be 
wise shall shine as the brightness of the firma- 
ment; and they that turn many imto righteousness 
as the stars forever and ever." Dan. 12:3. "Be 
encouraged, brethren, proclaim the glad tidings 
of free salvation. According as we improve our 

talent, the reward will be. Luke 19:16, 17. And 
to you, my dear brethren, who are not favored 
with the privilege of holding forth the bread of 
life to a perishing world, by preaching the word, 
I would say be not discouraged : you too may 
win souls for the great Kingdom. God has 
blessed you, perhaps with great possessions of 
this world's goods, wherewith you may of your 
abundance, give to them who have need ; and 
thus "Lay up for yourselves a treasure in heaven" 
where moth and rust doth not corrupt, and where 
thieves do not break through nor steal." 

There are others who are destitute, having 
neither the ability to extend the bread of life, to 
invite home the wandering sons and daughters 
of Adam, nor the means of relieving the wants 
of others. You perhaps think there is nothing 
that you can do to gain the divine approbation. To 
you is the precept as well as to others: "Let 
your light so shine before men, that they may 
see your good works and glorify your Father 
which is in heaven.". You, by your chaste walk 
and holy conversation, may invite those around 
you who are without hope, and cause them to 
return to the Father, and seek the bread of life 
which came down from heaven. We all may be 
observing the precepts of our Savior ; make to 

earthly tabernacle, convey us to "Abraham's bo- 
som, in our Father's house," where we shall rest 
from all our labor. "Having then gifts differing 
according to the grace that is given unto us, 
whether prophecy, let us prophesy," &c. Read 
Rom. 12:6-21. J. BAHR. 

Orion, Wis. 

tor the Vompaniojtm 
The Sabbatb. 

"Remember the Saboath day to keep it holy." 

Said a Parishioner to his minister ; '^1 never attend 
church on Sabbath but remain at homo and post my 
accounts of the week's sales for settlement ;" when the 
latter replied : "The day of judgment is coming ; then 
there will be a day spent in settling accounts." 

This little piece of literature came under my notice 
having been carefully placed between the leaves of a 
school-girl's book, and I thought what a day of settle- 
ment that will be ! How many of the settlements of 
this world will be reversed ? Will not the person who 
spends the hallowed hours of the Sabbath be there 
with his books for settlement ? Will he be judged out 
of them ? Yes he n?ay ; but the great statute-book of 
heaven \*ill be opened also and he be judged out of 
that as to the keeping of God's law. 



The Sabbath which has been given by God himself 
»or holy meditation ; for a dismissing of the labors of 
this world with all care aad anxiety, and a time of 
holy devotion ; a time to be spent more directly in the 
service of (iod ; a time to attend to the administration 
of God's word, to the reading of his will and a hearing 
of the same. Hours I holy hours to be devoted to the 
working of the merits of the atonement ; to be credited 
to us to balance the debt which is against us, and can- 
cel ic, so that it may not stand against us to the con- 
demnation of our souls. Yet should any of my^ kind 
readers be so unfortunate as to waste the day of God 
in any way, and not improve it to the honor of its 
j^reat author, there will be a debt to be paid that might 
well draw t*»ar3 from the sealed eyes, and sympathy 
from the hardest heart ; when there is nothing where- 
with to pay and no kind Savior to plead the merits of 
his blood in behalf of the debtor ; no righteousness of 
the Son of God to clothe us about that we do not ap- 
pear destitute in his sight. 

We are fearful that often things are done on the 
Sabbath which are not in the spirit of our holy religion 
nor in harmony with the fifth commandment. The 
day sanctified by the Creator of all things is too often 
profaned by doing things which are not strictly neces- 
sary, and are an evil in the sight of God. which might 
be a virtue if performed in their proper time and order. 
Toj often instead of laying aside the thoughts of our 
daily calling and trying to confide our minds to the 
sacred things of God they are permitted to rove far 

and wld» o^^. cU. la i— ai-g, -^ -- ♦ -' , 

where we ought not to be. This is the reason why 
the faithful minister is often compelled to preach to 
the empty seats of his humble meeting-house instead ot 
the faithful followers of the meek Messiah of God. 

How often does the action of the master hinder the 
-iorvant of the house from attending to the things of 
the Lord on his holy day '. How often is the wife, the 
iun or daughter hindered from going to the place 
dedicated to the solemn worship of our God, because 
the husband, and father has grown cold and become 
iicligeot in regard to things partaining to the king- 
dom ot God's dear Son, and the salvation of his own 
soul and the souls of those whom God has entrusted to 
hi* care, and will hold him responsible as to their 
trainin<T ii, life ' We fear that too often does the 
alarmed sinner stumble over the formal professor of 
religion, who like the merchant is preparing his ac- 
count for settlement, or writing business letters on the 
Sabbath day. 

Dear brethren, or ! uy who may read this humble 
article, be not offended 'at the liberty of your weak 
young brother, but let us one and all, try to remember 
ihe saying which calls loudly to "Remember the Sab- 
bath day and keep it holy ;" put your shoulder to the 
wheel and the work i>f the Lord will yet prosper in our 
midst, and we may yet be refreshed by his presence. 

If we must handle books we have the Bible ; blessed 
volume of truth ! We hear and read glad tidings in 

it. If wo must write let us write to one of our humble 

periodicals and thus we may encourage the fainting 
child of God. J. I'. HETRIC. 

Putneijvilh, Pa. 

^ : -^ »- ♦ ^ ^1 

iior the Cmnpauioti, 
Forgiving our Kueiuies. 

If there is one act our Savior did while on 
earth that proved his Divinity more than anoth- 
er, I think it is the forbearance lie had towards 
his enemies. Who but Christ, invested with 
supernatural power, could have borne the scoffs 
and persecutions he was subjected to, and not 
resent them, knowing as he did that he would 
have the power to destroy those wicked persons 
without any injury to himself. Now the thought 
might arise in some one's mind, that we are not 
able, with our weak human nature to forgive our 
enemies ; but I think a little reflection would 
tell us our toeah human nature has nothing to 
do with forgiving. We coidd not do it if we 
did not get the power from on high. 

We are naturally prone to selfishness ; and 
look where we will, we always find that when 
we do a good act we look for a reward. True, 
the christian does not often expect a reward in 
this world, but a far better compensation here- 
t?fter'sa^'fi^Viifiy^^ra5"C'-ft^ xxas-^jroiuxl.d^itl 
enable us to overcome all sin, if we put our 
trust in him. 

We expect to dwell with Christ and enjoy 
everlasting happiness. But what reward had 
our dear Kedeemer for all his sufferings ? None 
here. He would have been no less the Son of 
God il he had never come on earth. But it 
pleased God to give his only-begotten Son to be 
a propitiation lor our sins, and it pleased Christ 
to bow in humble submission to the will of the 
Father, and he drunk the cup which none other 
was able to drink. He said to the two brothers, 
"ye shall indeed drink of the cup," but he him- 
self drank the rvp. O how should we poor fal- 
len creatures humble ourselves to Almighty God 
for his loving-kindness toward us. Let us try 
to imitate Christ, and obey and serve him, that 
we may be among those to whom it will be 
said, "\\'ell done, good and faithful servant, thou 
hast been faithful over a few things, I will make 
thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the 
joy of thv Lord." Matth. 25 : 23. 

LanraHter, Pa. 



For the Companion. 
Siu Ageiust the Holy Ghost. 

This istrulja serious sin, — a sin of great importance, 
and in which ^¥e are all more or less interested. We 
should begin now and ask, Is it I ? Is it I ? who has 
committed this great crime. In this, as well as other 
scriptures seemingly haid to be understood, we think 
the Divine record is sufficiently plain, so as not to be 
misunderstood. The context (Matth. 12 : 22 to 32 in- 
clusive) in which the text occurs, shows plainly what 
the unpardonable sin is, and how it may be committed. 
"We must consider first, the circumstances which 
caused our Lord to use the words in the text. 

In reading the above chapter we find our Lord cast- 
ing a demon, or devil, out of a blind and dumb man, 
and when the Pharisees heard and saw that the devil 
was cast out, and that the man spake and saw, &c., 
they, as usual, began immediately to vilify and accuse 
Christ falsely. But of all their false accusations, they 
had never m'ade so bold and daring accusation as this: 
when Jesus was casting out devils by the Spirit of God, 
they turned and said he cast these demons out by Beel- 
zebub, the prince of devils, which language was too in- 
tolerable to b3 borne, and high treason in the sight of 
heaven. Then Jesus said: "All manner of sin and 
blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven 
unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against 
the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven; but whosoever 
_ stjeaketh against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiv- 
As if he had said : You can say all manner of hard 
things against me and it will be forgiven you, as my 
past life has fully shown you, but in this case you have 
committed an uRpardonable ofiense, by "openly and 
shamefully accusing the Holy Ghost of doing the works 
of Satan, you have spoken against the Holy Spirit, and 
therefore there is no forgiveness for you in this world, 
neither in eternity, though \ou may seek it diligently 
with tears. That is to say then, the unpardonable sin, 
or sin against the Holy Ghost, is to speak irreverently 
of, or act disrespectfully to God's spirit, or to accuse 
it of doing the works of Satan. Ananias and Sapphira 
were struck dead for lying to the Holy Ghost. ' '''' 

The Holy Spirit has a very important part to per- 
form in our salvation — that of conviction and sanctifi- 
cation. We will do well to look into this matter and 
examine ourselves and see if we have not grieved the 
Holy Ghost by words, or actions. 

Does his spirit bear witness with our spirit that he is 
still with us, and not taken his everlasting flight ? 

Dear reader, there is such a thing as sinning our day 
of grace away, and by this means sin against the Holy 
Ghost. "My spirit shall not always shine with man." 
Gen. 6 : 3. There is such a thing as to be a "partaker 
of the Holy Ghost and to taste the good things of God, 
and of the powers of the world to come," and then for 
us to fall away. Hebrew 6. ltYi\\\iQ^'{m2)oss<ibleioT 
us to be renewed again unto repentance." Ged says 
to such : "Let Ephriam alone : he is joined to his idols';" 

Hos. 4: 12 ; "that their heart will become seared as it 

were with a hot iron;" 1 Tim. 4 : 2, & "that he has given 
tliera over to Satan that they might believe a lie and 
be damned. 2d Thess. 2 : il, 12. 

These are awful denunciations of God against those 
who do wickedly and trifle with serious things. 

In conclusion, then, let us who have named the name 
of Jesus, see that we have not a name to live, while we 
are dead in trespasses and in sins. Let us not dare to 
dissemble before God, for our sins will surely find us 
out. Let us "put on the ^ohole armor of God" and 
fight bravely until death comes to our relief. It would 
be far better for us to have never been born, or a mill- 
stone were fastened to our necks and we cast into the 
sea than for us to grieve, or sin against this great 
Spirit of God. There is such a thing as falling from 
grace, or favor with God ; and woe to that; individual 
who experiences such a fall. May God have mercy on 
us and save us from such a state, is my hope and prayer. 

St/kesville, Md. 

Selected by Elizabeth I. Sell. 
Serions objections against finlant-haptism. 

1. It is forbidden by the Word of God, the scrip- 
tures, which enjoins the worship of the one true God 
and really forbids the worship of idols. "Ye cannot 
serve God and mammon." Matth. 5: 24. So Christ 
commanded the apostles to baptize believers. This 

- - -'- -^~ ..^^^ ^^ \...^l:^. — x..i:^„ov<:., Ar in- 

lants who can neither beh eve nor disbelieve.. There- 
fore infant baptism being forbidden it is a sin to prac- 
tice it. 

^2. It begets a fleshly church. Christ designed 
that his church should be spiritual-composed of mem- 
bers led by his Spirit. Rom. 8: 9, Eph. 11 : 19—22 
1 Peter, 11 : 5—9. But infant baptism fills the church 
with a fleshly membership. 

3.^ It changes the order of the Gospel. It places 
baptism first in the plan of initiating members into 
the church ; whereas, in Christ's appointment it is tho 
last . He said, teach and then baptize. But Pedo- 
baptists say, baptize and then teach. He said, "He 
that believeth and is baptized shall be saved ; but they 
say, he that is baptized and afterward believes, shall 
be saved. The order of the gospel is, 1st. Repen- 
tance. 2nd. Faith. 3rd. Baptism. Pedo-baptist 
order is, lat. Baptism. 2nd. Perhaps faith. 3id. — 
Peradventure repentance. Hence Pedo-baptism is not 
the gospel. 

4. It makes void the command of Christ. Let in- 
fant baptism be universally practiced, and wh-at will 
become of the command of Christ to baptize believers? 
It is made void— of none effect. There would not be a 
belie\ er baptised. And such is generally true of all 
the old, established Pedobaptist churches ; they very 
seldom or never baptize a believer. Well did Christ say 
of such, \\ hy do ye also transgress the commandment 
of God by your tradition ? "But in vain they do wor- 


9h)p)9M>, teaohiag for doctrines the commamlments of 
tnfm." ilAtth. 9:3,9. 

5. It liocnscs sin. Those sprinkled in infancy' are 
none the less under obligation to submit to belicvcri^, 
baptism when they believe ; but they are taught that 
their sprinkling in infancy ia cnongh, and thus th<?y 
are encouraged to neglect that which all believers are 
required to do, and so live, rejecting the authority of 
Christ as set forth in this requirement. 

G. It binds the conscience. Many who liavo been 
sprinkled in infancy, by reading and hcaiing the trath 
are convinced that'it is their duty to be immersed. — 
They go to their minister and freely unfold their con- 
victions to him, and request him to imnterse them. — 
No, says he, you were sj)rinkled in infancy, and we 
regard that as valid baptism ; it would be sacrilege to 
report it ; hence you must rest satisfied. We cannot 
baptize you again. Thus all such are iustructci to go 
contrary to their consciences. 

7. It deprives of the liberty of choice. No person 
sprinkled ia infancy is permitted to obey Christ in the 
act of immersion. The right of choice is destroyed. — 
Tills is the establiahcd ruleof the Tedo-baptist churches. 
They dare not say to their members, chooso which ye 
will have, sprinkling or immersion. 
. .§. If Pedo-baptist churches arc the churches of 
Cnrist, many of their members have to leave them in 
order to obe^- him. It is a fact that cannot be denied 
ilirtt iaany of the members of these churches have to 
leave them, and join the various Baptist churches, just 
to have the privilege of obeying Christ in the act of 
baptism. Can sucn tilings be, 2.ncl tney iiu iiiv. v^Uui^u 
es of Christ? We think not. "We honestly conclude 
that no man or woman causes that tho Bible favors 
infant-baptism, unless they read it with the determina- 
tion that it shall do so, and all such can read it to favor 
anything they imagine, however unreasonable. For 
'•God will send them strong delusions to believe a lie 
and be damned." 2dThess. 11 : 7— 12, I was brought 
up to such a ficticious faith and knowing the terror of 
the Lerd, I will try to persuade my readers to obey 
Christ. ,,". ,. 

JjHncansvilh, Pa. 

For Ute CumpanloH. * 
Uialogne ou K'eetwasluug. 


M. "Well brother J., I have thought a great 
deal about our talk the other day, and if you 
can remove one difficulty in my way, I will be 
about ready to adopt your view oi' the subject of 
Feet-washinof, as wo were considering it the oth- 
er day. 
'. J..* Well brother M., what is that 1 

'M. You said the mystical body, the Church, 
ought to represent the physical body oi Christ. 

And as his two hands were employed, so there 

should also be two members of the Mystical 
Body employed at the same time. I have thouglit 
a great deal about that, and I think the fingers 
on the hands are also members of the physical 
body. Therefore your analogy does not hold 
good for tico. 

J. You know brother M., the Savior spoke 
of the hand in the singular number. "If thy 
hand offend thee cut if off &c. Now he certain- 
ly spoke of the liand, fingers and all, and yet he 
says "cut it off." The metaphor I consider rep- 
resents a member of the church, as the hand, 
and "cut 77 ofi:"," signifies that the hand repre- 
sents one member, then both hands represent 
two m. embers. 

M, That appears plausible. But stiU I think 
I have the advantage of the argument, consider- 
ing the fingers members of the body. 

J. Why, my dear brother, have I not given 
you the language of Christ ? And if I under- 
stand the meaning of the metaphor, it, the hand, 
represents a member ; and Christ speaks of it in 
the singular as I showed you before : and "cut 
if off," the member represented by the hand. — 
If, therefore, the hand will represent a member 
in the church in one case, it will in another. 

M. Well that is true. 

«^. Ooi.'-.^J-.^Tx- fvno XtiA ytntrr Ipf ii«j look pt 

the case. Your theory presents one member as 
imitating two members of Christ's physical body 
or else it represents a member as the head; for 
Christ is "the head of the body, the church." 
My view of the subject gives a plurality of 
members in the church, to represent a plural- 
ity of the members of the physicalbody of Christ. 
Now it seems to me if "the unlearned or unbe- 
lie-ving, come among us" at our Love-feasts, and 
see the body of Christ represented as I have stat- 
ed above, they must say, that is a fair represen- 
tation of the performer'"" r>'-' required in John, 
13 th chapter. 

M. Well brother J., that is satisfactory. I 
must say I am now satisfied that the general or- 
der of the church is right. 

Youi's for the trath. 


Scene)-}/ Eill, Pa. 

Let ua labor that the good we reap by our afHiction? 
may abide npon ns after onr recovery from them. 

Wisdom is the principal thing. 



- Y - - Compiled by J. A. Sbll. 

The Chiireh and tlie fVorld. 

That this is an age ot wonderful improve- 
ment and progression is apparent to the most 
superficial observer. Individuals progress ; na- 
tions progress ; societies and churches progress. 

In the religious world, we had the rigors of 
the Mosaic dispensation ; then the more gen- 
tle teaching of Christ and his disciples ; and 
now an almost entire freedom from ecclesiastical 
restraints ; and perhaps this advancement is more 
marked, rapid and surprising among the so-call- 
ed orthodox churches than in any other connec- 
tion. But a few years ago we had all the hor- 
rors of Inquisition ; more lately the "blue laws" 
of New England, forbidding a man to kiss his 
own wife on the Sabbath day : and now, church 
members luxuriating in the most extravagant of 
worldly amusements. 

Formerly, the minister of the gospel — a shad- 
ow to the old and a ghost to the young — could be 
indentified at the farthest possible range of the 
human vision, by the simplicity of his dress and 
his style, and church-men were known by their 
"daily walk and conversation." Latterly, the 
lengthened visage of the minister has been con- 
tracted into a genial smile, and his enjoyment 
of an evenins^'s entprtainment with thp ppr^pi'- of 
the world is of the most superlative degree ; and 
church-members, whether at a fashionable church 
festival or on a ride to a neighboring village, 
shake the light, fantastic toe with as much vig- 
or as their unregenerated neighbors. And 
when we behold with wondering admiration, 
the strange (though not unfamiliar) phenome- 
non of the strong orthodox arm of some preten- 
ded follower of the lowly Nazarene, whirling 
the voluptuous form of a modem venus through 
the measured tread of the quadrille to the soul- 
stirring strains of the violin, we feel inclined to 
exclaim with one of old : "Almost thou persua- 
dest me to be a christian." 

In view of the fact that "revolutions never go 
backwards," is it not reasonable to suppose that 
this same spirit of generous progression will con- 
tinue to disseminate itself until all mankind are 
united in one happy joyful family — the Jew and 
the Gentile, the saint and the sinner, the church 
an d the world ; and that the day is not far dis- 
tant when the minister will be seen on Sabbath 
mornings going to his church with a Bible in 
one hand and a violin in the other, perhaps to 

vary the religious exercises of the day according 
to his own inclinations or the requirements of 
his congregation] 

McAJaveys Forty Pa. 

^1 »^»— 

For the Companion. 
liamentations of Jeremiah. 

This short book of the Holj Bible has some peculi- 
arities belonging to it of a very significant nature. — 
Thej are applicable to some period subsequent to the 
f.nal calamities that befell the Jewish Nation, and were 
written doubtless to paint to the mind in pathetic terms 
the then existing calamities brought upon the inhabi- 
tants of Judah, because of their iniquity. They are 
also prophetic in their deep meaning, foreshadowing 
the great storm of God's wrath that was to come upon 
them. As an instance, see 4 : 10. "The hands of the 
pitiful women have sodden their own children ; they 
were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of 
my people." Such was actually the case at the time 
of the destruction of Jerusalem, if we are to credit his- 

Those plaintive effusions of the prophet are full of 
sorrow and tendernoss, manifestations of a holy, feeling 
heart, that so deeply lamented the fading glory of a 
great nation — a nation that God had a special care 
over and willing in his great mercy to entail continued 
happiness, "but they would not." 

In the arrangement of the writings of the ''Lamenta- 
tions," we notice something peculiar. There are five 
chanters, and pvpry /^Kopt-jir, oYr.ftpt the third, has 
twenty-two verses : according to the learned, every 
verse commences with a different Hebrew letter. The 
first with the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, thus : 
first Aleph, second Beth, and so on to Tau, the last. — 
There are but 22 letters in the alphabet (Hebrew). The 
third chapter contains sixty-six verses, the first three 
in the Hebrew commence with the first letter ; the next 
three with the second, &c., consequently, three times the 
twenty-two letteis make sixty-six. The 119th Psalm 
is arranged in a similar way. The first eight verses 
commence with the first letter, the next eight with the 
second, and so on through the whole alphabet. This 
acrostic stjle of versification was quite c^/mmon with 
ancient writers, more particularly iu their elegial poetry, 
doubtless as a means to assist their memory. 

Where amidst the mass of poetry emanating from 
modern authors, can be found anything equal to those 
effusions accredited to the Piophet Jeremiah ? Where 
find such variety, such grand imagery, such touching 
and pathetic outbursts of sorrow, such feelings of so- 
lemnity and holy reverence ? Such demonstrations of 
the purity of the heart ? Such confirmations of true 
philanthrophy ? Such confessions of self abasement ? 
Such boldness in declaring the Lord the only true God, 
the only one to help in the time of trouble, the only 
source of true and lasting happiness ? 

Away then, with the vain and immoral writings of a 
Shakespeare and hia many modern imitators. Study 



the poetry of the Bible as food for the mind handed 
down from Holy Angel3,that the sovil may be modelled 
and fully quali6ed to hold converse with the heavenly 
choir around the throne of the great Jehovah ! 

FayetUvilUy W. Va. 

Seloctod by S. \V. BoLi.iNOtii. 
After the Funeral. 

After all the roturnings, that one "after the funer- 
al" is the saddest. Who will say it is not so, who has 
followed one to the grave ? While he was sick we 
went in and out, anxious, sorrowing, suffering. The 
solicitude to relieve, and care for and comfort tiim, en- 
grossed us ; the apprehension of our own dissolutions, 
in case he should be removed from us, almost drove us 

While he lay dead under the home roof, there was a 
hurry and bustle in preparation for the funeral rites. 
Friends are sent for neighbors are present, the funeral 
arrangements are discxxssed, the " - * " hospitalities 
of the houie provided ; all is excitement ; the loss is 
not yet perceived in all its greatness. 

But "after the funeral," after the business has sub- 
sided and things begin to move on as usual, then it is 
we begin to know what has befallen us. The house 
seems still and sepulchral though in the heart of the 
city ; and though its threshold be trodden by friendly 
feet, it is as if empty. The apartments, how deserted! 
especially the room where he struggled in the last con- 
flict. There are his clothes, there his books, there his 
hat and oano,thoro Lie over vasanf seat at the family 
board. During his sickness we had not so much no 
ticed these things, for w^e hoped ever that he might 
use or occupy them. But now we know it can never 
be, and we see the dreadful vacuity every where. Oh 
how dark and cheerless the night shadows come down 
after the funeral I No moon or stars ever shone so 
dimly ; no darkness seemed so utterly 'dark. The 
tickings of the clock resound like bell strokes all over 
the house. 

No footstep now on the stairs or overhead in the 
sick chamber ; no nurse and watchers to come and say, 
"he is not so well and asks for you." No, indeed, 
you may sleep on and take youi rest, if you can. Ah 
poor heart ! It will be long before the sweet rest you 
once knew will bring again the scenes through which 
you have just passed, and you will start from^it but to 
find them all too real. God pity the mourner "after 
the funeral." 

Mf Vet/i0wn, Pa. 

^m- • —^^— 

/I'or the Companion. 
Koeial .^eetiugs. 

We have been thinking for some time upon the sub- 
ject of social meetings amongst the brethren. When 
we speak of social meetings we have reference to meet- 
ings in which every brother and sister has the privilege 
to speak, by way of encouragement to the church. In 
meetinga of this kind we not only enjoy the opportuni- 

ties for speaking, but also .for public prayer, by which 
means we become qualified to pray for all who may call 
upon us to pray for them. We are satisfied that we 
have many good members who, if called upon to pray 
for a sick neighbor, could not possibly do so. Why ? 
because they lack the requisite qualifications. Go to 
those churches where they have social or prayer meet- 
ings, and you will find praying men and women. We 
mean, you will find those who are qualified to prav un- 
der almost any circumstance in this life. 

Another good resulting from these meetings, is, they 
act as a stimulus to the reading of the scriptures, bV 
which they may become better prepared to edify and 
encourage each other. Such meetings also exert a sal- 
utary influence over the lives of those engaged in them. 
By attending and participating in these meetings, we 
designate ourselves as followers of the Master ; and in 
such meetings we find work for all to do. Let those 
speak who feel to do so, and let those pray who feel a 
spirit of prayer. 

We are happy to know that our annual meetings have 
passed decisions favorable to such meetings, and that 
some of the branches of the church are exercisintr in 
them, no doubt to tho advancement of the growth of 
their members in grace, and the knowledge of the 
truth, and the promotion of the cause of Christ. We 
can speak from experience in relation to such meetings. 
In the congregation where we lived until within the last 
year, they have a social or prayer meeting, in which 
we have enjoyed ourselves as well, we think, as it is 
possible for christians to do while encumbered with flesh 
and blood. And we feel very positive that where the 
brethren have meetings of this kind, that there is more 
vital piety than where such meetings are not encour- 
aged ; and we certainly think that wherever circum- 
stances will permit, they ought to have a social meet- 
ing. These kind of social interviews have been tolera- 
ted by the Old Brethren for a number of years. It 
formed the nucleus of the brotherhood, and has been 
encouraged in localities where tlie brethren have no 
speakers, and we are convinced that it would be well, 
and meet the approbation of our common Master. Tlie 
members in our western States hold meetings of this 
character for the reading of God's holy word, and for 
prayer and exhortation, and by so doing, bu'ild each 
other up in the most holy faith. And if it is well for 
them to do so, it certainly would be right for the breth- 
ren to have them everywhere. We know there are 
some objections among us to such enterprises, looking 
upon them as "new things;" but we think they are not. 
We find in reading thoBibU that they who served the 
Lord met often, and spoke to each other, no doubt, 
words of encouragement. 

We were well pleased with brother Forney's prayer- 
meeting talk. It certainly does strengthen love to speak 
of it to others, and it strengthens faith in the Lord to 
speak of it often. We feel like encouraging such meet- 
ings. W^e believe we ought to be more sociable with 
J^ each other than we are ; try to help each other along 



\yhi[& vre, are permitted to remain in 
this world. And particularly, -we 
ought to encourage our young mem- 
l3ers. It does a young member good 
for the older ones to be sociable with 
^,liem when at meeting. A 'word or 
act of kindness, oh how good it is ! 
Then let us always, at meeting, as 
elsewhere, treat our young members 
with kindness, never passinfi; them 
without the proper salutation. ' I 
fear our laboring brethren are too 
cold and indifferent on this subject. 

Dear reader, the above I submit 
for your consideration, and would 
love to read something on the same 
from other and abler pens. 
_.x:? J^a .*:bBANL. SMITH. 

iTagefsfdtvii, Ind. 


How comparatively valueless is 
beauty ! How it is regarded by God \ 
He gives it to the lily, and in a day 
it fades and is goae. He gives it to 
the wings of the butterflj', and soon 
it dies and its beauty is forgotten. 
He gives it to the flowers of the 
Spring, soon to fall ; to the leaves 
of che forest, soon to grow yellow ;' 
and decay in the Autumn. How 
many flowers, HlieB, and roses, does 
he cauEO to blossom in solitude, 
where no man is, where they waste 
their sweetness on the desert air. — 
How many streams ripple in the 
wilderness, and how many cataracts, 
a^e after age, have poured their 
thunders on the air, unheard and 
unseen by mortals ! So little does 
God think of beauty. Sj the human 
form and "face divine." How soon 
is that beauty marred, and, like, the 
lily, how soon is its last trace oblit- 
erated ! In the cold grave, among 
the undistinguished multitude of the 
dead, who can tell which of all the 
mouldering host vras blessed with a 
lovely set of features or complexion? 
Alas 1 all has ffdedUke tiie morning 
flower. How vain then, to set the 
.Sections on so ftrail a treasure. 

Conversation is the daughter of 

reasoning, the mother of knowledge, 

Lho breath of the soul, the com-: 

i, mcvce of hearts, the bond of friend- 

'* ship, the nourishment of content, 

ad the occupation of tnen of wit.,. _ 

Time a»s«i EterEiJy. 
It is not Time tliat fliee ; 

'Tis we, "tis Ave, are flyini:- : 
It is not Life that dies ; 

'Tis we, 'tis we, are dying. 
Time and eternity are one ; 
Time is eternity be^rnn : 
Life changes, yet -rithoiat detay : 
'Ti.s we alone wlio pass; away. 

It is not Truth that flics ;'-"■"'•' " 
^ -'Tis wo, 'tis we, are flying : , 
It is not Faith thr.t dies ;' 

'Tis we, 'tis we. are dyiii;,'. 
O ever-during faiia and trath, 
Wliose youtli is a'.-e, whose age is youth ! 
Twin stars of imn'ortality. 
Ye cannot perish iiom our sky. 

It is not Hope thai flies ; 

'Tis we, 'tis we, are flying : 
It is not Love that dies : 

'Tis we, 'tis we, are dying. 
Twin streams, that have in heaven your birth, 
Yc glide in gentle joy through canh. 
We fade like flowers beside j'ou sown : 
Ye are still flowiug, llowipg on'.. 

Tet -we but die to live ;: 

I; is from death we're flying : 
For ever livfcs our life ; '^ 'J.? "='• , 

For ns there is bo dying. 
We die but as the spring-bud dies, 
la summer's golJeu glow to rifee. 
These be our day? of April bloom ; , 
Our July is beyond the tomb. 

Selected by DAxiai, Snowbirger. 

What S^iglifc be E>oiiC. 

•What might be done, if men were wise — 
What glorious deeds, my suO'ering brother, 
Wouia tlic;, uauc 
■la i^ve and right. 
And cease fhgii-' scorn of one another ! 

Oppression's heart mig'it be imbued 
With purest drops of loving-kindness, 

And knowkdgc pour 

From shore to shore 
Light on the eyes of mental blindness. 

All Slavery, warfare, lies and wrongs- 
All vice and crime migh'. die together, 

And wine and corn 

To each man born 
Be free as warmth in summer weather. 

The meanest wretch that ever trod,' 
Th". deepest sunk in guilt and sorrow. 

Might stand erect 

III self respect. 
And share the teeming world to-rroTow. 

W^iat might be doufc 1 "This might be done 
And more than t'lis, my suffering brother- 
More tban the tongue 
■E'er said and sung. 
If men were v.-i-sc, and loved each other. 

— ^tvQ. 

Judge Not. 
Judge not ; the workings of his brain 

And of his heart thou cans't not see ; 
What looks to thy dim eyes a stain. 

In God's pure liL;lit may ouly be 
A scar brought fjoai some well-won field. ^ 
Where thou would'st oaly faint ^and yic^ld* ^ 

The look, th:^ all-, that frel^ thy sight, 

:ilay Ijc a token thrit l)elow 
The soul has closed in deadly fight 
/ W.itli eoaie iuterpal fiery Jfocj: 

Whose glance would scorch thy smiling grace 
And cast thee shuddering on thy face ! 

The fall thou darest to despise, 

May be the slackened angel's hand""" .' "" 
HasBuffered it, that he may rise,' "1^ liod'. 

And take a firmer, surer stand ; 
Or, trusting less to earthly-things. 
May henceforth learn to use his wiags. 

And judge none lost, but wait and see 

With hopeful pity, not disdain ; 
The depth of the abyss may be 

The measure of the height of pain 
And love and glory that may raise 
This soul to God in after days. 

Miscellaneous Selections. 


) ';,;. ijBY JAMBS A. SELL. 
'.\'X-~i Ji' Sometime. 

It is a sweet song flowing to and^ 
fro among the topmost bough of the 
heart, and filling the whole air with 
such joy and gladness as the birds 
do, when the summer morning comes 
out of the darkness, and the day is 
born on the mountains. We have 
all our possession in the future, 
which we call "sometime." 

Beautiful and sweet singing birds 
are there, only our hands seldom 
grasp the one, or our ears hear, ex- 
cept in far off strains the otber. - 
But, oh, reader, be of good cheer, 
for all the good there is a golden 
"sometime" r When the hills and 
valleys of time are all past, when 
the wear and the fever, the disap- 
pointment and the sorrow of life is 
over, then there is the peace and 
the rest appointed of God. Oh, 
homestead, over whose blessed roof 
falls no shadow of even clouds, 
across whose threshold the voice of 
sorrow is never heard ; built upon 
the eternal hills, and standing with 
thy spires and pinnacles of celestial 
beauty among the palm trees of the 
city on high ; those who love God 
shall rest under thy shadow, where 
there is no more sorrow, nor pain, 
nor the sound of weeping. 

©IIP Cisterji Almost Fall. 

There is in our house a central 
cistern, suppKe'd from a spring yon- 
der. From that cistern go many 
pipes, leading to all parts of the 
house, carrying water to supply all 
the family wants. If it be nearly 
full, and yet not filled to the top, so 
as to cover the mouth of the pipes, 
the pipes will remain dry, and none 



of the inmates will get any water.-:- Cliristian Family Companion. \ much greater than we had expected. 

The cistern is almost full — a little 
more would make it ovcrtlow — but 
for all practical purposes rt^/«t>s^7"^- 
is as bad as having it empty. Al- 
most full, yet the family get none of 
it. It is not full enough to flow into 
the branching pipes and gurgle along 
to the most distant extremities, ready 
at a touch to pour forth its liquid 
treasures. In this image wc see 
why many a christian is useless in 
the world. lie is almost full, but 
not overflowing, lie is concerned 
about the great things of eternity ; 
but he is not so completely filled by 
the Spirit of Christ, that it flows 
into all the little channels of his 
daily life. These, alas, are dry. — 
And yet it is through these he chiefly 
touches others — through these that 
the currents of his influence overflow 
into the hands and hearts of those 
around hira. Therefore, real Chris- 
tian as he may be, he does very lit- 
tle good to others. Perhaps he does 
harm by thus misrepresenting Christ 
and himself likewise ; for he seems 
more empty than he really is. — 
Though not dry, for all practical re- 
sults ho is so. Others are not wat- 
ered and blessed by his influence. — 

Ah, Christian, keep the cistern full. 

— . — ^^^ — — . 

Ax Eastern African Custom. — 
In Senjero only females are sold in- 
to slaveiy, because once a wife cru- 
elly murdered her husband at the 
request of the king of the country. 
At first the king is said to have de- 
sired the husband, who was of high 
rank, to kill hi.^ wife and bring him 
a piece of her flesh, which had been 
indicated by the soothsayers as a 
sure cure for the sick monarch,— 
The husband, fascinated by the 
beauty of his wife, was unwilling to 
ob?y the royal command. The 
king therefore commanded the wife 
to murder her husband, whicli she 
did without hesitating. Since that 
time it has been the custom to sell 
women into slavery into other coun- 
tries : but when male slaves are 
transported beyond Senjero, they 
are said generally to commit suicide 
by hanging themselves. 

We loam something even by fail- 

Tyros:» OU^^ VMu, ^an. ,1 

' ' "ObservafloiiN. 

Some of our correspondcuts 
say they would have preferred 
to have eacli subscriber's name 
published, in order to obtain ' 
their addresses. We have no 
doubt that our old method gave 
better satisfaction to most all 
others interested than it did to 
ourseli. It made us much labor 
to prepare the names for the 
press, and at a time when we 
had the least time to attend to 
such duties. AVe shall try the 
present system until all shall 
have had an opportunity of 
judging of it. 

Owing to the late arrival of 
many of our largest lists of sub- 
scribers, we were much perplex- 
ed in mailing the first number 
of this volume, and have good 
reasons to lear that errors may 
have occured. If the first num- 
ber has not come to hand when 
this issue arrives, we desire to 
be notified without delay. And 
if any should have received two 
copies, which will occur in sev- 
eral instances, we specially re- 
quest that they be carefidly pre- 
served subject to our order. — 
We feel a desire to supply our 
patrons with the ftdl comple- 
ment of papers belonging to the 
volume, and in order to do so, 
we should be apprised of all err- 
ors while we have yet the pow- 
er to correct them. Let the 
matter of this notice be remem- 
bered during the year. 

Wc have been so extruujijiy busy 
during tiie last tv.o weeks, and so 
much annoyed by the delay of our 
issues, that wc have no opportunity 
to collect our thougRts for editorial 
writings. The press of bunness is 

Wo had hoped from the urgent man- 
ner in which wc had requested the 
Hats to be eent in earbf, thai we 
would receive the Leavioat of "letter 
business," previous tp the first of 
January ; but instead • wo. found 
them coming in later than other 
yeare, and the consequence is an 
overflow of business, and wc faar 
that errors may occur. 

lb would havo given us pleasure 
to have gathered some of tho frag- 
ments of correspondence scattered 
among our business letters, but wo 
lacked that leisure necessary for 
compilation. If our correspondents 
would all observe the rules of writ- 
ing they would greatly aid us in 
that part of our business. 

Hence if our paper should lack in 
it3\ariety and departments for a 
few weeks no othcj; apology need be 
expected, j , ,;..,<;, 

FiAJfA F. Baku. There was no paper pub- 
lished tiated Dec. 29. The last No. of Vol. 4, 
Xo. 50, was ilated Djo. 23. 

Brother Samuel H. Myebs, New Market, 
Va., wishes to kuow brother George Sliug- 
luff's addreis. He resided^ in iloutgomery 
county, Pa., iu' 18G7. ■ , • > 

Benj. B. WniTMfeR,?awnee,iir,, Tou owe 
85 cetJls on rolnrac four. We cannot tell wlio 
ordered it to be sent to yoa. The person who 
ordered it also paid for one year. 

John Stretch, Dowagiac, Mich. Where 
has Andrew Sheline been {jettinfj his paper 
at? Then we can tc'l! you whether he owes 
or not. 

n. L. Why do you not give your fall 
name J We gave notice onco before that we 
publish no marriaj,'e notices especially, un- 
less endorsed by the full name of some re- 
sponsible person. We do not know but wc 
are being imposed npon, and at the expense 
of onr friends. The marriage notice may be 
genuine, but the very fact that you do not 
give ns yoiu- name casts about it a shade o) 
suspicion. If you do not wish your name tf 
appear as the informant, yon can say so, am 
wc will withhold it. 

^' Abraham Crcegcr, Dover, 5Io. You ow 
75 cents on last j-car, or volnme 4. S3.^ 
will pay to the end of this year, ISCt). i 

William M. Bosteller, Booneboro, Iowa. | 
Our books say you owe 50 cents on last yes 
or volume 4. 




Correspondence of church news solicited from 
all parts »f the Brotherhood. Writer^s name 
and address required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith. Rejected communi- 
cations or manuscript used, not returned. All 
commurAcations for publication should be writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only. 

Brother Hohinger ; On account 
of my absence from home this fall 
and winter, I have not been able to 
act as agent for the Companion, un- 
til now. After I came home from 
Indiana brother Michael Bosserman 
wrote to me, requesting me to visit 
their church ; t lat is, the church at 
Eagle Creek, Hancock Co., Ohio. I 
did so, and on the evening of the 5th 
Dec. I arrived at Dunkirk, Harden 
Co. Next day commenced a series 
of meetings in their meeting-house, 
i'roached ten discourses there, and 

«^V"??J^'^- • , !™ay ^^ multiplied and his name 

_ W e had 5 accessions ; the meet- ! glorified. I sinceiely hope that 
in^was well attended, and had good i the blessed season we have enjoyed, 
order. Brotner Daniel and sister | in this series of meetings may not 
Elizabeth Kodabaugh were the j goon be forgotten, but may we all 
first members in that church. The ! treasure them in our hearts for we 
first discourse was preached by j fed assured that the Lord was with 
brother Jacob Crist in 1835, some | us. And may the dear brethren 
time in June. Their first Lovefeast ! who have so faithfully labored with 

that you solicit church news, and 
j as I have great pleasure in reading 
j the same, and especially when I 
I hear that souls have become willing 
to enlist under the banner of him 
whom we claim as our leader. We 
have had a refreshing season in our 
branch. Brother John Spanogle 
and James Lane have been laboring 
with and for us for a considerable 
length of time, with great power 
and we have reason to believe with 
success, as one precious soul has 
been made to feel the need of a 
Savior, and I hope that many more 
will not let the strong calls and 
hearty admonitions pass by unheed- 
ed. The brethren have planted 
and watered, and our prayers are 
that the Lord will give a bountiful 
increase, that his kingdom on earth 

was held in 1848. Elder J. Thom- 
as preached for them at that time. 
At the same time they numbered 
only thirteen members. At the 
present time they number 107. — 
They have four ministers, namely, 
P. Freed, E. Beagle, D. Bosserman 
and E. Bosserman ; and eight Dea- 
cons. Within the last two years 
they have had an increase of thirty- 
six members. The church appears 
to be in a very prosperous condition. 

I also attended that series of 

meetings in Trumbull Co. Brother 

Brown and brother Murray had 

preached a few days before I got 

there. The meeting continued some 

nine days; had a very good meeting. 

May God bless the dear people with 

, whom we have meet at those meet- 

' ings and parted with. May he also 

i bless every efibrt that is put forth 

"for the saving of souls according to 

he Gospel. 


Moultrie, Ohio. 

us, have their reward, both in time 
and in eternity. Let us all pray 
that the labors of (iod's people be 
not in vain. 

On Christmas day we had an 
election for one speaker in the 
church. The result was a tie vote, 
and brother Joseph Snowberger and 
Thomas B. Maddocks were chosen. 
May the Lord be with them and aid 
and assist them in the work which 
is now laid upon them. 

"They that turn many to righte- 
ousness shall shine as the stars for- 
ever and ever." 


Clorer CreeJc, Fa. Dec. 29 '68 

Dear Brother Henry ; As I fro- 
uently notice in the Companion 

Brother Holsinger .'--Another vol- 
ume of the ComjmnioH is before its 
readers, and the time has fully come 
when old subscriptions must be re- 
newed, and new ones solicited. To 
us who solicit subscriptions it is a 
pleasure when brethren are satisfi- 
ed with the paper ; but it is unpleas- 
ant when they find fault. And we 
cannot blame sMne very much, for 
they give as an excuse, that they 

do not read some of the articles be- 
cause the writers use such words as 
they cannot understand. Could not 
the most expert make their writings 
a little more common ? and yet the 
learned could understand. '«A 
hint to the wise is suflScient." 


To the Brethren and Sisters at 
Hatfield, Pa. ; Dearly beloved ; it 
is out of much love and respect I am 
prompted to pen a few lines to you. 
First I wish to inform you that we 
reached homo from your place the 
next day after we left, and found 
our children all well and very glad 
to receive us. We thanked the Lord 
for his goodness. But we did not 
enjoy home as much as we would 
have under other circumstances, ow- 
ing to our dear sister Beelman, whom 
we had to leave behind so much af- 
flicted, and brother Adam in so be 
reaved a condition. But we feel 
thankful to our kind Preserver, that 
he has permitted our sister to enjoy 
a pleasant home for a little season. 
At the last account I had from her 
she was doing very well, and ex- 
pressed a feeling of love and thank- 
fulness to the sympathizing brethren 
and sisters at Hatfield, and especi- 
ally to brother and sister Souder. — 
May the God of Abraham, Isaac and 
Jacob be our God, and we prove 
faithful servants, so that at the great 
day of resurrection we may arise 
and be with Christ. Amen. 


— ♦» 

Brother Holsinger ; Our little con- 
gregation here still seems to be in a 
healthy condition. Last Christmas 
day the brethren had a council 
meeting here, one long to be remem- 
bered. Brother William Soil was 
chosen to the ministry, and brother 
Daniel Peffly to the office of deacon. 
Brother Peter Overholser was pres- 
ent ; also, cousin Daniel D. Sell. — 
On Christmas night there was 
preaching in the Baptist church ; 
good order and attention. On Sat- 
urday the brethren went with broth- 
er Pefily, who lives in the settlement 
of Victoria, Davis county, to have 
a series of meetings there, com- 
mencing on Saturday night. 




Brother Hohinijer ; Our little ] 
church here seems to be at a stand 
still. Have had no additions for a 
considerable length of time. I wish 
jou could persuade some of your 
many speakers from the East, who 
come West and travel round in dif- 
ferent parts of the country, to come 
as far as Panora, and try to stir up 
the dry bones, and get up a revival 
in this' part of Ciod's vineyard ; that 
a little good might be done in the 
name of the Master. 


Fa nor a, Iowa. 

Sister Miranda Ecker, Walnut 
Bottom, Pa., says: " Eight»>cn ' 
hundred and si.xty eight with its 
commingling of joys and sorrows 
has well nigh run its course and we 
are admonished by its flight once 
more to present our subscription for 
the approaching year. When the 
week goes around and the Compan- 
ion fails to appear, we feel as 
though one of our little number, 
whose coming is anxiously awaited, 
and whose arrival is always greeted 
with joy, had staid away from home. 
We would not willingly forgo the 
pleasure its presence at all times im- 


Dear Brethren and Sisters of the Southern 
District of lUinois : Agreeable to appointment 
of onr last meeting;, I left my home on the 
morning of the 16th of Nov. for Secor, our 
nearest station. Met Brother John Fitz on 
the train, on th« Laeansport and Peoria R. 
R., thence east to Gilman, to the crossing of 
the Illinois C. Branch, thence south to Okaw, 
Coles county. -■Vrrived about dark. Was 
met by Brother John Roberts, who took us 
to his home and k'ndly supplied our wants. 
We here had four mtctiugs ; attoudauce rath- 
er sm.iU, owing to bad weather. But atten- 
tion good. Hens is a good opening for a min- 
istering brother, as they have no preaching 
only when brethren call. Left here on the 
19th. Conveyed by brother J. K. -10 miles to 
the house of brother David Rothrock, Cum- 
berland county. Here we had four meetings 
and one communion. 

Wednesday, 25th, conveyed by brother D. 
R. to Crawford county. 30 miles," to the house 
of brother A. Ilyre. We here met the mem- 
bers in conticil ; organized a church ; held an 
election which resulted in the choice of broth- 
er J. P. Homin!j for bjicaker and brother 
Isaac Uoruing, Deacon. Ilad two meetings 
aod one communion. 

2Sth returned to Cumberland county. Had 
five meetings at West Union 8. n. and three 
at brother Jag. McBride's. Baptised 3, held 
an election, and brother John Orim was cho- 
sen to the ilinistry, and brother Jas. Mc- 
Bride for Deacon. May the Lord bless the 
iiliie band of brethren and eibters here, and 
♦he brethren shonld ueist them all they caa. 

Dec. Ist, left brother D. Rothrock's, travel- 
ed 32 miles in wagon to Chnrlestown, took 
the cars for home, arrived Wednesday eve- 
ning. Out 17 days. Wc liore would tender 
our'thanks to tlu" kind brctliren and sisters 
for the love they nianifcsted to us. Found 
all well. To tin' Lord be .ill tlio iiraiso. 
J. K. lilSH. 
iVcoc, Illinois. 

- _ «•••.- 

Among the extracts that wc have 
been enabled to glean, wc offer the 
following : 

Sister Lucinda Mellinger, Colum- 
bia Ta. says : "I have taken the 
Comjiayiion for the last two years, 
and I obtained great encouragement 
in reading it. J do not get? much 
away to meeting and so I will take 
the Companion another year. Oh I 
how good do I fcpl when I can hear 
I from the dear brethren and sisters 
I from far and near, that they still 
preach the gospel in its purity. If 
! we only could all be linked together 
in true christian love, I do believe 
that the angels in heaven would be 

Sister Catliarine Erantz, North 
Hampton Ohio, sends us the follow- 
ing encouragement : "I enclose two 
dollars for the Companion. I know 
I I am rather late, but could do no 
\ better. I cannot make the exact 
i change but know you will give me 
; credit for all 1 send which will pay 
part on the 6th volume, should I 
live to enjoy its pleasant company. 
i I value it very highly and have tak- 
en it from it^ be^innincr. The more 
I read it the better 1 like it. It is 
particularly pleasant in winter time 
1 when 1 cannot get out to hear our 
brethren preach. 1 comfort myself 
in thinking that I have right good 
preaching at iiuine every week when 
the dear Companion makes its ap- 

Sister Henrietta McNoughton, 
Newport, Pa., writes : "We are 
rather late but hope you will bear 
with us. I sent as soon as I could, 
and brother Pool is an aged broth- 
er and could not get to town or he 
would have sent sooner. We live 
in rather an out of the way place 
and only have preachiag every 
I eiglit weeks ; and it often happens 
I that during wintei we do not have 

preaching for twice that time. — 
We are few in number in this neigh- 
borhood, but hope the time may 
soon come when many will turn to 
the Lord and ask what they shall 
do to be saved. We are still anx- 
ious to hear from our dear brothers 
and sisters through the Companion. 
Enclosed find $'6 for brother Pool 
and myself." 

Brother Martin Neher, Toledo, 
Ind., says: "Brethren Elias and 
John Cessler have been with us and 
have had several meetings in our 

, district of the church. We hope the 

1 Lord will bless their labors to the 
saving of souls. They left for 

i home the 30th of December, and 
we hope they found all well at home. 
May the Lord bless his church and 
people every where is our prayer. 

I Amen." 

House Burned. 

The house of brother Strader, and 
all in it, was entirely destroyed by 
fire, on the 18th day of December 
last, leaving him in a distressed 
condition. Brother Strader is old 
and badly afflicted with breast com- 
plaint, but is a worthy brother and 

I we appeal to the Brotherhood for 
aid for him. We are not able to 
help him enough in the way of fur- 

! niture, but will try to build him an- 
other house. 

Now brethren, you that are sit- 

I ting around your fires with every- 
thing necessary to make you com- 
fortable, think of brother Strader, 

I who IS houseless and homeless. He 
had a good house and was comfort- 

I ably situited, but is now bereft. 
We make this appeal especially 

I to the brethren in Virginia. Broth 
er Mooniaw and brother John Bru 
baker are requested to aid in obtain- 

I ing relief. Contributions may be 
sent to Peter Snuffer, Asa Spangler 

I or the writer at Raleigh, West Va. 
Haleigh, West Ta. 

', The District Meeting for the Mid- 

\ die District of Indiana, will be held 

I (Jod willing, on the 2nd Eriday af- 
ter Good Friday, which will be on 
the 9th day of April next, if 1 have 
counted or reckoned correctly. — 



It is to be held iu the Eel River 
congregation, at their meeting-house 
4 miles north of Manchester. 


Cor. Sec. 

Brother B. S. "'.Thittcn, ^ifcertj, 
Va., says: 

May Provi.icnce bless jour labors 
in spreading far and Avide the glori 
ous doctrine of a crucified Savior— 
the pure gospel of the Son of God — 
till all may be convinced of error 
and darkness, that each and every 
one v.'ill lay hold on the saored 
words of Faith, obeying God in all 
His commandments, shunning all 
evil and cleaving unto all good, serv- 
ing the Almighty Father in an ac- 
ceptable and commendable manner, 
as is pleasing to him. May the lo/e 
of Christ more abound in all our 
hearts, and may we also walk more 
as is becoming the followers of Jesus 
that all mf»y see the good works — 
forsaken their evil ways thereby, 
and then joining v.ith the family of 
God, in praises and thanksgivings 
to our Heavenly Father for his great 
mercy and kindness to the whole 
humah family, in preparing the glo- 
rious mansion for us unprofitable 
beings. iMay the Lord bless us, each 
and every one. , ' 

• — t«l*«»-;-*- i..-i— ,--.1 . 

brother Hohinger :— "I live in' La- 
Fayette county, Mo. Myself and 
wife are the only members in the 
county as far as we know: the near- 
est brethren are in Johnson Co., 
some 22 miles from us. To them 
we handed our letter of recommen- 
dation. The congregation is com- 
posed of some fifty -six members. — 
So we have but little chance for 
meeting ; no one to give us comfort 
or to build us up, but the blessed 
Bible, and the welcome messenger, 
the Oompanion, which brings our 
news from the church and brethren, 
which still kindles a flame of sacied 
love in our liearts. We see so many 
visits made by our beloved bretliren 
to different places where they have 
meeting. that they might think 
of Lafayette Co., and the many pre- 
cious souls to whura the doctrine of 
the brethren is a stranger, and I 
believe only tor the want of some 

one to come and to declare to them ^ brethren there. The rrospel banner 
the whole counsel of God. May I should be unfolded in that re<rion 
(.od grant that some brethren may j The people are very sociable fook 
come to seek after the "lost sheep of train for Philadelphia ; enioved the 
the house of Israel," is my prayer. ; hospitality of brother Spanogle.— 

j Met with the brethren in worship on 
j Crown street, in the evening. 

Last day of the year reviewed 

13 my prayer. 

Dover, Mo. 


past ; iound we had come short 

Brother Hohinger ; Through the 
protection of kind Providence I ar- m many respects, and formed new 
rived safely home from my mission ' resolutions to try, the Lord being 
to the South, and found my family \ our helper, to spend the new year 
well. After parting^ with brother ' niore devotedly in the service of the 
Good, whose society i enjoyed very ' Master. May the Lord grant us all 
much while visiting among the j grace to keep this year to his praise; 
churches in Maryland, where we | that though vee may have to reo-ret 
made many pleasant acquaintances. ! the little we have done, we may re- 
I was conveyed to the station by 'joice in having it 2i>e?? c?on^. 
brother D. Wolf, when I embarked The Lord be praised for his lev- 
for Winchester. W^ent to brother ing-kindness and tender mercy. 
Fanestock's, but they had not re- j " ~ 

ceived my letter. Enjoyed their I 
hospitality until Monday morning, \ 
when Peter Fanestock took me in a j 
sleigh to brother Baker's, and next ; 
morning brother Baker brought me 

Mc Veytown, pa. 


_ Will some brother, or brethren 
give an explanation of Paul's instruc- 
tion to Timothy, in the third chap- 
ter of his first epistle, concerning 
the qualifications of brethren select- 
, -I 1,1 .J , T i I J t ^"^ to fill the offices of Bishops and 

until I'nday, when I started on my JD,^,^^, ^-^^ ^^^ Apostle means, 

that a brother musi have a wife and 
children, as one of the qualifications 
for those officers ? Or are wo to un- 

to brother Gabler's, and his son con- 
veyed me to brother Sharer's. On 
ray arrival there my letter had not 
yet been received. Tarried there 

journey southward. Arrived at 
Staunton too late for the train. — 
Found brother Kline in town who 
took me to his home four miles dis- 
tant. Sunday morning went to 
meeting, and also attended evening 
meeting. Had a short but pleasant 
season. ^londay morning, took the 
train for Tennessee, and arrived at 
my brother Samuel's, and brother 
Reif's, about noon. Found them 
and families all well. Found the 
country rolling ; climate salubrious; 
soil medium ; society moral ; enter- 
prise dull ; plenty room for improve- 

HaviRg spent so much time in 
reaching this point, 1 could spend 
but one v.-eek. Met with the breth- 
ren at appointments made by brc ther 
Molsbee. I was with them at 4 
meetings. On Monday t\Y:o were 
received by baptism. Spent .tjic 
time very pleasantly. Took train 
at Russelville for the eastern shore 
of jNlaryland. Spent a fciv days 
viewing the country. 1 like that 
section very much. There are no 

derstand that there were those in 
the church, in the Apostle's time, 
who had more than one wife ? 
Uibertyy 111. 

We take pleasure iu aekuowledgiug the 
receipt of a fine tinker, i-eady for the griddle, 
for our New Tear's roast, from sister Marga- 
ret Autelberger. Alco, for sundry holiday 
extras from sisters Goodman and Henderson. 
Many thanks for then- kind remembranee. 

L'uBLic Sale of Italian Bees.— S. B. Rep- 
loglc — near Martinsburg, Pa., — will sell at 
public sale, on Alouday, January I8th, 1869, 
at \yi o'clock, P. M., about SO colonics of 
Italian Bees, and 5 colonies of common bees. 

M A R R I E D 

On the 26th of November, 1868, by cUlo 
Peter Niniugcr, brother Samuel Crumpack 
EU, of Montiioiiiery congregation, to sister 
Maky C. Moomaw, daughter of brother B. 
F. Moouiaw, of the Valley congregation 
Botetourt couaty, Va. 






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n the Upper Miami Ghorch, Miami county, Dec. •-M.tli. l>»tW. »i>t''r ANSA, wito of 
br*ttrtM«M K-VHN, asredM yeaw, 5* mouibs 
and 1 'lav. , , i r 

gho has le""! ivsorrowiuy; kusband iiiui four 
children, who «r<j bcrclt of ii Kind and aUw'- 
tionaie companion nnd niotber. lo moiini 
their loss, of which one was ouly 10 day^ old 
at the time of her death ; hut we hope th--ir 
loss is her ctorniil ffnin. "Fnnernl oceasioa 
at the Sv>rine Grove mcetincr-housc, to a lar^'c 
concreiration. bv brethren Jesse Studabnkor 
and"john Krant*. from \n for. V> : 2i-23. 
niiWr pleaie copy. 'i "' 

Iii the Pprinir Knn branch. Fa., September 
ISth, ISlia, bister SUSANXAR, daughter of 
otdor Jos. R., and fisler ilary llauawalt, and 
vife of friend Philip A. MURPET, a-^cl o'o 
rears. 9 months, .^.ul 17 days. She left an 
infant foa 3^^ wet ks ol.l. She was a consist- 
ent nn-mber for a nnml'cr of years, and at the 
time of her de.ith, was one of the Snperinten- 
dcnts III the "Brethren's Sabbath School."— 
Funeral gerrices t^y broMier Trtfv 8. Mycrt 
and oihere, from Rev. '-2 : 14, ifeo. 

Also, at the same place, October 30th, 18C3, 
siste? MARY ANN', witu of brother Jacob 
KINSEL. ajied 3S years, -wautin;,' days.— 
She was 10 years married on the day of her 
funeral. She died after an illness of but a 
few hours, Uavini; an infant danshter ajed 
• onlr a few honr<<. Funeral sennon l>y breth- 
ren John 8nowber?or and Jos. R. Hanawalt, 
llto.-n 1st Thes.s. 4 : 13, to a very large eou- 
eoursc of people. She leaves a husband and 
10 children. 

Also, n'-ar Lewis town . P.i . , Sept. 1 3ih, 1 SOS, 
HOVr ARD, eon of brother Saranel L. and fit- 
ter Elizabeth RUBLE, aged months and 10 
days. 8. W Bollisgek. 

In the Lo^an hranch, Logan county, Ohio, 
Deenmher 14. l^W^O^T hcloved sister, MAG- 
D ■ ' "'^' " '' '■ V '..OR, wife of brother San>ucl 
V ntnary notice nppeared soiH'^ 

t: ; 48 ye.ari, 5 months, and .5 

dav6. Sac Icives-j children, 3 ffrand-childrrin 
vnti many relatives and friends to mourn their 
■ "" improved Uy elVr Jos. X. 
1' '<1 8wanccr,"and the writor, 


J. L. Fra?j" tz. 

In the Sugar Creek branch, Allen eonntv, 
Ohio, Deeemhcf 1, 1S6S, brother ARTflER 
CRAYTO>f, formerly of the Valley of Va. 

AifO. iaiiie siine branch, December 10th, 
JuH.S li. EV.VNiS, Fon of brother and sis^tur 
Lranf. forineriy of Ruckioghaincouiiiy> Va., 
aged 30 years and 'H days. 

Alfo, In the same branch, Wceembcr 25th, 
dear lirothc- JACOB DRIVER, In tlie C'.Hli 
year of hi* .ng'-. Kuucrali of all the above by 
the ttretbrfn. 

" ■ Dakiel Bno^vx. 

In the Carrol! church, Carroll co'.mtv, lU., 

Dec. Uih l>s4'*. altrra short but painiul ill- 

r '. ilY, wife of brother Simo'i 

-? veirs and .5 iriOnlh''. Vit- 

.- - ..oai Hebrews 4 : 9, hy brotlii-T 

ChriBiiaa irf)a'.r. and Michael BoUin::cr. — 
Al'.hoi_':i hjr snftiirinr was intensely Rrcnt, 
bUj boru ii »iHi Cliri.-ii.i:i I'ortirad '. ;iud liar 
last, jn eoa»oliag language, was "Weep aot 

fbf »e." ' Sh« Icn an aff-ctioajatc hnsDapd 
and raauy friondi to mourn their loss. 

Joseph Stitzel. 

On Deeemb'rr 23d,186S, in Beaver Run con- 
>;ro"aiiou, Mineral county, West Va., siiter 
MARY ARK01.^, yonB^est daughter of 
Zachariah and Tliiiabith AiHold, a;iod 25 
vears and 3 months.' WeiMiscase was dropsy 
of iho heart. She emiured muuh aulletinic, 
vet stjcuicd to boar her nfllictiou with inuch 
C.nistiaw foitiiudo. nming her brief but 
painful, she oxn;rs.seJ ln;rscir res'vrucd 
to the will of God. anil died in faith and hope 
of a blc&scd immoitalily. Funeral services 
l.y brother Solomon Riser and others, from 
liOth Psalm, 50lh aud OOlU vcrso-=. Thus in 
the bloo'.u of life we arc iu death ; this is a 
solemu waruiu^ to all, aud especially the 


"\Yjt. LUATUEKilAN. 

In the Cicero church, Ilarallton county, 
Ind.. Novein'KT 14th, ISOS, sister ELIZA- 
BETH, wil'e of brother Andrew ELLEU; aged 
53 years, 4 months, aud 4 days. She was n 
mother i.x I«rael, and respected by all who 
knew her. Death was no terror lo her. Fu- 
neral services by John It. Caylor. Rev. 14:13. 

Also. Jit I lie same place. Doc. 11th, 186S, 
sister ZELPHIA ANN, wife of William O. 
HILL, ac^ed 33 yenre and 2 months. Funeral 
services by the writer. 

El-dee Elias C.^tios. 

In the Jacobs Congregation, Westmore- 
'.r:n-l ronutr, V.t., (time not given) brother 
JOHN SHAFFER; agrd T4 years, and 23 
days. Funeral services by the writer from 1st 
Cor. 5:3, 9. . ., . ^„ 

In Favctte COtiTity, Pa., December 2d, 1308, 
JOIIN illLL ; aged 37 yca-.'sv Funeral servi- 
ces bv the writer, from'lst Kings 20 : 40. 

The latter death occurred by one of those 
appalling tragedies that Bonietimes casts a 
gloom over an entire community. We deep- 
ly deplore the loss of kindred friends and 
neighbors at all times, but one of this kind is 
deeply heart-rending to al', especially when 
it occurs in families whose pecuniary circum- 
stances are much limited ; and still more, 
when the victim has ucvc:- made provision 
for the riches of the i^ternai world. 

;Mr. Hill was, at the time of his death, em- 
ployed as a miller, in amir, near JIasontown. 
By some means his left arm was caught be- 
tween the crown wh- eland thctruudle-hcad, 
and was drawn between them, and literally 
cut to pieces. Re leaves a wife and six chil- 
dren to mourn his untimely end. 

Jos. T. CovEn. 

On the 9th of October, EDNA ANN. dausrh- 
tcr of Samuel S. and Christina SHERFY, 
aged one vear and C days. Funeral services 
by the brethren. M. M. BASIIOR. 

In the Middle Crei^k church, Somerset Co., 
Pa., November tUeCih, lifter CATHARINE 
KIKE, consort of brother John Fike, aged Cli 
years, 7 mouths, a:id 10 davs. 


LIST OF MONEY "6 received for subtcrip 
tiou to the (JomiMuion since our last. 

Jeremiah Fonet, Jones Mills, Pa., 1.50 

John II. Stirtier, Ilollidaysbiirg, Pa. 1.50 

E. R. Slitller owes us nothinir. 

Eliz. Wy;itt, Wild Cat, Irid. " L.W 

Aaron Barkybile. Delta, Ohio, 4.50 

Hiram Crowell, Lcesljurg. ind. 1.59 

M. F. Petrr, Eldorado, Oh'-O," 1.5J 

Dar.l Halsb:in-li, crilijlud. 1.50 

Sanil Click, Nevadn .••fy. Mo. 1.53 

Joseph Jones, iJ:ii('.roid, Oliio^ 3.00 

A. II. Sno-.vhergT, Huntirigi'dn, hid. 5.O0 

Eliz. Oaks. Dayton, Oh o, L.TO 

80I. Hcndrick.s, N. Litjeri) , Oh:0, 6.00 

Joba Sojder owes 4fl.S3 oa Vol. 4. 

J. L. Frantr*D«Brair, Ohio, , 15.00 

Saml Studabaker, Yellow Creek,' 111. 8.50 
J. M. Mohlcr, Coviivrton, Ohio, 1.5,i 

Joseph .Miller, Carlisle Springs, Pa, i.W 
Saml Plough, Newville, pp.. l.-' 

E. W. Stoner, Union Bridge, 5Id. 7.50 

Jesse Roop, Liniranoro, ,Md. 10.50 

Barbnry Kngey,^!Mt. Jackfoa, Va. 1.50 

Cvrus Brindle, Allen, Pa. 15.25 

Adam lIollin;rcr, Bermudian, Pa. 3.C0 

.Michael Hoslior,, Pa. 1..50 

John Hertzjcr. Myerstown, Pa. 1-50 

Pet';r S. Myers, McN'eytowu, Pa. >-00 

Isaac Eshclraau, Covington, Ohio, 1.50 

S. A. Hoaberger, Fo'itincUe, Neb. 4.50_ 

C. Holler, Ozaukee, Kausas, 4.50' 

J. R. IIoL-.ingor. Mt. Morris, 111. S^OO 

Michael Fornev, Paikersbuj-g, 111. 1.50 

S. A. Dugsct, Ashtou, HI. 1.50 

Lewis Lcccw, PappiUian, Neb. 1.50 

G. Bo'.linger, Lodi, Ohio, 10. .50 

,1os. Zook,,UnionviH,e, Iqwa, 19.00 

Geo. Long, Moneqninon', Ind. 7.50 

n. B. Strickler, Eldora iowa, '7..50 

Levi Andi 8, Lincoln, Va. 1.50 

John A. Straycr, Johnstown, Pa. 6.00 

Stephen IliUrebrand, Johnstown, Pa. 20.00 
Lewis Kimmel.Eldorton, Pa. 20.20 

S. W. UoUiuger, McAeytown, Pa. 15.75 

Joseph Rupert, Mill Greek, Pa. COO 

Geo. Ebv, Anghwick Mills, Pa. 1.50 

S. F. Beiim, Derry Church, Pa. 1.50 

Bcnj. R. Ziig, ilastersonTille, Pn. 3.25 

You have now paid to Jan. 1, 1870. 
Jno Goodyear, 1701 Pine St., Phila.,'Pa. 
Sarah A. Brown, Abbottston, Pa. 
Isaac Eshclnian, Covington, Ohio 
Franklin F«c«ay, Stony Creek, Pa. 
Budd Uarshberger, Manor Hill, Pft. 
D. N. Weugert, Franklin Grove, 111. 
J. J. Bowman, Alman's X Roadfj, Pa. 
Eld. D. BcchLciheimer, Sevastopol, Ind. 1.50 
John B. Gebliart, South Whitley, Ind. 1.50 
Isaac Price, Schuylliill, Pa. 
Jacob Fraiitz, Farmersville, Ohio 
John McCliutoek, Libeity, 111. 
Aaron Miller, Windsor. Cal. 
John Stretch, Uowasriac, Mich. 
J. S. Snyder, Brooklyn, Iowa 
Jacob Berkey, Goslien, Ind. 
Beuj. Leer, Middlebcrry, Ind. 
Eld. C. Wcnger, South Bend, lud. 
James Y. Ilecklcr, Hartevsville, Pa. 
Thos. B. Wenrick, Hill G'rove, Ohio 
J. P. Nycc, Fairviewville, Pa. 
Martin McCloughan, Wolf Lake, lad. 
Noah Ilciuy, Cambridge, lud. 
.Moses Keim, Omaburg, Ohio 
G. V. Siler, Castinc, " 

P. H. Kurt/:. Goshen, Tnd. 
Tho:npsou Trent, Peru, Ind. 
Martin Nehcr, Ladoga, Ind. 
Jacob D. Miller, Somerset, Pa. 
i). Browtr, Lima, Ohio, 
Wra. H. Miller, Levansville, Pa. 
\i. J. Berkey b'.le, S^rantou, Ohio, 
J. S. Floiy, Fayetteville, W. Va, . 
G. W. Burkhart, Nolo, Pa. (13G8) 
M. E. Rcichard, Fairplay, .Md. 
J. N. CI•OBS^yait, Macoiuli, III. 
C.L. Kcim, Stoystown, Pa. 
Danl Rarick, Webster, Ohio, 
W. J. II. Baurnaii, Vinton, Iowa, 
Jas. IT. Wilson, Prairie Citv, HI. 
John Unflord, nossvillc, lud. 
Geo. Wii«er, Ilamiltou, Mo. 
I. C. Allen, Iowa Ceutie, Iowa, 
John Nehcr, Virdcuj HI. 
L. M. VanHoi-u, BaldVyl^ Gil y,, Kan, 
.Vbram RiiV, Bcechymirc, lud. " 
If. J. ICurtz, Coviugtou, Ohio, 
V/. M. Bosttttcr, Booiisboio, Iowa, 
J. G. N.-hor, D.-lphi, Ind. 
Henry Kline, Kossiith, Ph. 
ii. D. Lawehe, fiomerset, Ind. 











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i'05* the Companion. 

Plain Talk. 

"Let bim that is taiig'ui i-Oiunimjicaic 'o him that teaches ia all 
good thinga." 

In examinin|2^ the above significant language 
as emanating from the chief of apostles, we find 
we have a duty enjoined upon us by authoritv, 
no less in rank than the Third Person in tlie 
Divine Family, for Paul was the mouthpiece of 
the Comforter, the Holy Spirit. The text above 
shcvs the relative position that the taught be- 
liever sustains "to him that teaches in all good 
things," and sets forth tlie obligation that Ave 
are under to the watchmen on tiie walls of Zion. 
That we are to make the minister of the gospel 
(for such are referred to) the sharer of the tem- 

poral blessings that a benign Providence has so 
abundantlv lavished upon us we hope no one in 
the brotherhood will deny. If words mean any 
thing then tlie word "communicate" in the con- 
nection that it stands in the quotation above, 
convcvs to our minds the idea of giving to our 
miiiisters, who labor in word and doctrine a 
portion of our surplus, and thus make them the 
joint possessors of the common necessaries of life. 
To what extent this liberality of communicating 
to the wants of our christian ministry is to be 
carried is not in our province to dictate ; but we 
know, and to our discredit we must confess that 
this duty is rarely carried into effect. Bretliren 
how many miles have some of our preachers 
traveled this year '? How many sermons have 
they preached, how much heat and cold and in- 
clemency of •sveather endured, while some of us 
were in our easy chair enjoying the comforts of 
home and the endearments of the family circle ■? 
Look at the w^ar and tear while serving us. — 
What amounts of time devoted to the enriching 
of others in heavenly treasures which circum- 
stances perhaps required in providing for 
their own families. Take into account the sta- 
tionery, book, periodical and postage bills, and 
the sum of his hard earnings paid out in railroad 
fares attending to Macedoniancalls, orhowmany 
such calls, from those wishing the gospel preach- 
ed, have been neglected because the limited 
means of some of our gospel standard bearers 
would not enable them to answer the calls. — 
These are problems that we should not omit, 
but look into. Well has all this labor been be- 
stowed, and these sacrifices of home, time and 
means been made for our fathers, mothers, broth- 
ers and sisters, our companions, our children 
our neighbors, and ourselves, while we through 
God's blessings have been permitted to replen- 
ish our ward-robes, our pantries, our cellars, 
barns and garners; our government securities and 
bank stock been redoubled, farm been added to 
farm and store house to store house. Thoufrh 
we may have these things and claim them justly 
too as the reward of our industry, yet he who 



sends his servant to us to break the bread of 
eternal life to iis, and to unfold to us the imper- 
ishable and inexhaustible treasure of heaven, 
praying the Lord to fill our poor souls with the 
love of God, says in plain and emphatic Ian- 1 V. ess God, and constiained to hold the very 
guage : "communicate to -him that teaches in all j memo: y of our names sacred for acts of christian 
good things." How many of our worthy, laithful I kindness thus conferred; while thus we would 
ministering brethren's hearts have been made \ be "bearine: one another's burdens and so fulfil 
glad during this Christmas festival by our liber- 
al giving of gifts'? thus assuring them that we es- 
teem them worthy of double honor'?" Or have 
we withheld from giving and perhaps asked 
them the highest market price for things neces- 
sary to feast, even presented to them our sub- 
scription list for contributions to aid in building 
meeting houses and defraying church expenses 
generally. If yoar preacher is a money-making 
wealth-accumulating man, then we may have 
some excuse for asking such a competitor to 
bear his portion of our burdens in this respect. 
Should his circumstances, however be to the re- 
verse, we think it would almost be base ingrati- 
tude to make any such demands. With eight- 
teen texts from the infallible Word of God, urg- 
ing the taught, baptized believer "to communi- 
cate" or give "to him that teaches in all good 
things," we think that it would only be "letting 
our lights shine if w'e were to help oui* faithful, 
christian ministers, and fill their ward-robes and 
pantries with the comforts and necessaries of life. 
Wbaf? withhold from giving him who "neglects 
not the gifts that is in him," who gives himself 
wholly and continually to prayer and the m"nis- 
try of the word," "teaching in all good things!" 
To do so would force us to exclaim with Mula- 

chi, the last one of the long line of prophets, 
who stood at the very chasm of destruction to 
which the Jews were hastening : "Will a 
man rob God 1 Yet ye have robbed me !" — 

Wherein ! "In tithes and offerings," (3rd chap- 
ter and 8th verse.) Neheraiah saw the terrible 

corruption that had befallen Israel and among 

the numerous abuses he undertook to correct, he 

answers Maiachi's questions of robbery : "And 

I perceived that the portions of the Levites had 

not been given them ; for the Levites and the 

singers that did the work were fled'^every one to 

his field." Neh. 13 : 10. It is written : "It is 

more blessed to give than receive." Let us 

therefore give for God's blessings would nut 

cease to flow into our basket and store, while Ipend upon it. "For if il.e word spoken 

our worthy preachers would feel that their labor 
was appreciated byus,and their corapanions and 
children feel remunerated for the oft and frequent 
absence of their parents ; their hearts made to 

be "bearing one another's burdens and so 
the law of Christ." Gal. 6 : 24. 

I h:ive not wrif:ten this that it should be so 
done to me. I am engaged in a legitimate bu- 
siness ; and by close application and a continu- 
ance of my brethren's patronage, I expect to 
make a comfortable livelihood for myself and 


Hagerstown, Md. 

Fur the. Companion. 
'•Remember I.o<'s Wife." 

Luke 17 : 32. 
This sentence in the Now Testament was spoken by 
the Lord Jesuo directly to the disciples. And although 
it is but a shore one, it i.5 one full of meaninp:, and one 
that just as much interests the discipU of the present 
day, as it did those on the very day and hour it was 
spoken. Speaking as he was to them in rei^ard to his 
second coming, and also the destruction of the city of 
Jerusalem in which perhaps many of the disciples dwelt, 
and their city being doomed to be destroyed as was the 
city in which Lotdwelc, the Saviour gives his disciples 
all necessary warning, as was Lot, to escape the im- 
pending dangers, and then tells them in the language 
of the'lubject: "Remember Lot's wife.' They had 
all the necessary precaution given unto them to make 
their escape sure and certain, as bad Lot and his wife; 
but in our remeaabvanc. of her, what do we find ? — 
Why she disobeyed the command of the angels when 
fleeing from theoty, in looking back, and became a 
piUar^of salt which'is seen, Ave are vM. unto the pres- 
ent day. God must be obeyed to the very letter.— 
(^od bus put tlm ins-.-ipdo 1 on all tbmgs here below : 
It "shall he burned up." And He has provided ample 
means for our deilverance ; and while Wiih Lot we are 
lin<~--ering he takes us uy the hand and bids us to hdoton 
io flee for our life to the -'.ty of refuge. Yes, he tells 
his servants to go uuo "into the hij,hways and compel 
them to come in, that 'my house may b^fuU." 

Dea:' reader, arc you making any effort to secure 
your salvation ? Have you not made one step yet 
towards the city of refuge ? If no% it is certainly high 
time that you were. Pe\haps the aven-er of blood is 
close at your heels. Obedience unto ull the require-^ 
ments of the New Testament, (that mighty city of 
refuge,) is the onlv thing that is o^oing to save you and 
I from the burning- flame. No non-essentials there, de- 

bv angels was 



steadfast and every tran3;5res8ion and disobedience re- , 
c?ived a justreoompjnse of reward: how shall wc es- 
cape it we neglect so great a salvation wliich at the 
first began to be spoken by the L^:-d, and was con- 
firmed unto us by them that heard him ?" llcb. 2 : 23. 
In regard to th<'\lostruction of the city of Jerusalem 
and the disciples* delive;aace therefr«m by adhering 
to the way gi-en by the Saviour, cstav.lishes a fact 
which is haid for the' deist to get over. "Prj>y that 
your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sab- 
bath day." "And when ye shall see Jerusa'em com- 
pissed with armies then kno.v that the deselat.ion there- 
of is nigh. Tlicn let tliem which are in Judea flee to 
tiie mountains and let them whivh are in liie midst of 
it df'part out ; and let not them that are in the coun- 
tries en er thereinto." Matth. 24 : 20; Luke 21 : 20. 
As much as we can learn by history their flight was 
not on the Sabbatn day, neither in the winter season. 
I believe tliey i>raycd and their prayers were answered, 
and that ihev did flee from ihe city after it was be- 
siegfd jy the Roman General Cestius. "And when 
there was all hopes of him taking the city, he retired 
from it without any reason in the world," which I be- 
lieve was so ordered by the provivicnce of God that the 
diso'ples of Jesus m'g it make their escape ; fo;- farther 
says th« historinn. "After lliis calamity had befallen 
Cesliu?, many of t'.ie most eminent of the Jews swam 
awsiy from the city, as from a ship tliat was going to 
sink." Josei-hus' wars of the Jews, book 2. chapter 19, 
verse 7; also chapter 2C, verse 1. 

And now, dear brethren and sisters, let us take cour- 
age in rememhcT-ing that the Lord will deliver them 
who put their whole trust in iiim and obey him to the 
letter. Let o'lr whole object be to gain heaven. We 
certainly made a good profession when we were taken 
into the Church, and rest assured if we live up to it, we 
will meet mside the walls of the New Jerusalem, the 
walls of which no lloman ( leneral will be able to beat 
down. But on the other hand il" we disgrace our pro- 
fession by back to the beggarly elements of the 
World, as did Lot's wife, we will surely miss heaven. — 
"He that ;jui3 his hand to the plow and looks back, is 
not fik for the Kingdom of God." Dear brethren and 
sisters, pray for us that our faith fail not. The favor 
of our Lord Jesus Christ be with yuu all. Amen. 

F. 0. McXUTT. 
Shanon^ .alllinoi 

N T-'riC til* COhiJMtiioti. 


How sweet to the weary is rest. When by extreme 
physical e.xertion, or mental labor we are wcarv in 
body or mind, how pleasant and refreshing docs rest 
come to us; how sweet the repose of a calm untroubled 
sleep when we are worn out by fatigue. In connec- 
tion witli this I'ao h-t we notice that in order to en- 
j'ly au«! ajipreciate rest, we must be tired and weary, 
and that when wc most need it the better arc we en- 
abled to enj.iy it when re obtain it. 'i'his leadd m to 

speak of another rest, a rest so much better, holier, 
and purer than the rest ofTorded to suiTering humanity 
in this voi'ld, that a finite mind cannot lorm a just con- 
ception cf it. 

One of the first conditions to the obtaining of this 
rest is, that we must be "weary, and heavy laden." — 
Matt. 11 28. And oh what an inestimablo boon is this 
rest to the weary heavy laden, sin-sick soul. Surroun- 
ded by darkness and death ; overwliclmed with sorrow 
i and dismay ; born down to the earth with the burduu 
! of his sin : wearied in soul and body, how sweet to 
' such an one are the w^rds of him who suffered for us, 
who died that we might live, and tliat lie might have 
power to say: "come unto me all ye that are weary 
and heavy l^den, and 1 will give you rest. Only those 
j who have felt the need of these words know how rap- 
j tr.rous and soul thrilling is their p.)wer, when for the 
first time the promise contained in them is by faith 
verified and the sweet rest is folt. . A freedom from 
' the burden ol sin, a conciousness of duty performed, 
\ gives us a rest and peace sweeter and holier than any- 
I thing the world can give, or has ever known. . hen 
i commences the battle of a spiritual life. Like as the 
inl'ant struggles for life in its earlier days, and is care- 
fully watched over, by a fond, loving mother. So al- 
! so the new born babe in Christ's king doin is met by 
many difficulties, and is tried by many severe trials ; 
but the Good Shepherd watcheth over it with tender- 
' est care, and when weary and faiat, and like Peter 
! ready to sink and po'ish, behold ! he taketh it to his 
; bosom and givetli it rest and shelter until the storm bo 
I past. And thus all through life when we are faint and 
I weary, he is ever ready to help us and give us ihe 
j rest we so often need while "fighting the fight of faith." 
And at last when life's labor is ended, and we have 
I done our duty, and have done it well, with what heart-' 
' felt, soul cheering joy shall we enter into our eternal 
I home where m'C shall enjoy a glorious never ending 
; rest; 

j "Wh'^re the wicked cease from troubling and the 
•veary are at rest." 

' Polo. 111. 


i Many a child goes astra}', not because there is a 

want of prayer and virtue at home but simply because 

I home lacks sunshine. A child needs smiles as much 

as flowers need sunbeams. Children look little bej-ond 

the present moment. If a thing displeases them they 

are prone to avoid it. If home is the place where 

faces and words are harsh, and fault-finding is over in 

' the ascendant, they will spend as many hours as possi- 

! ble elsewhere. Let every Aitlier and mother try to be 

; happy. Let them look happy. Le*. them talk to their 

I children especially the little ones in such a way as to 

! m;ike them happy. 

« :o: 

Every day is a little life ; and our whole life is oJt 
a day repeated. 



To .1 very yonug; i>jssij>i'e/' '""^"«*'"*- sus, God is iiot moclccd, and HO 0116 can mal- 

■Hearest Thou what these smv ? Aucl Jesus saitu uuto them, treat his ambllSSadorS witllimnmiitv TllP Mn«; 
3 : have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and suckliuo-s 4. „„ „ i n i -, ' • -^"^-^'-^"0 

ou hast perfected praise." Matt. 21: ic. ° '^'21 caiTie aiici Called voxi, and vou jrave submis- 

Although so young, Christ's approach as the ^^^'^ response, which had you not done, one more 
King of saints, "meek, and sitting upon an ass," "arae would now be, and perhaps forever, on the 
stirred the depths of your child-hecdt, so that in I'ecords of Hell. 

the ecstasy of new-born emotion you had to I^ear before, to nil who knew you, you are now a 
break out in the jubilant strain of the Icve-nur- thousand fold dearer to those who love the Lord 
tured bride, "Hosanna to the Son oi David; Jesus Christ. Ho\A'cvcr amiable we may be in 
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the the development of the loveliest traits of "human 
Lord ; Hcsanr.a in the highest." Wlien the nature, ws are yet not thereby raised above the 
Prcphet of Galilee enters the scul with a mani- curse and condemnation of sin. "That which 
festation of his Kingly Glory, the sense of his is born ol the flesli is flesh," and "they that are 
presence and the Cjuickening energy of his Love i" the :flesh cannot please God." John 3 : 6. — 
are so rapturous, that if the Christ-clinging Hom. 8 : 8. God is a. Being olTnfinite Holiness 
heart were to hold its peace, "the stones wimld and the pure in heart alone shall see him. "It 
immediateiy cry cut." The soul that is full of is a fearful thing to ?all into the hands of the 
Christ must sing its Hosanna, let rebuke who living God" in an unreconciled state, because he 
will, it must wave its symbol of triumph, and "is a consuming hre ;" but to as many as believe 
lay its ail at the feet of incarnate Deity. The on the Name of his Only-Begotten he gives "pow- 
Uncreated God, the Eternal Majesty, riding on ?" to become his sens," and then it is a. blessed 
an ass to carry his broken heart and streaming thing to fall into his hands, for "we shall be like 
tears and pleading soul before a rebellious, stifi- him," and "see him as he is." Heb. IC : 3L 
necked, and murderous per.pie, knowing that the and 12: 29, John 1: 12, 1 John 3 : 2. Although 
■weeping and pleading of Infinite Mercy will but many might iiave regarded you as endowed with 
aggrevate the sin and intensify the woe of m.any a disposition akin to the angels, and requiring 
Hell-doomed souls, oh when this fact enters the no change but a sell-determined direction of tl^e 
conscience in ail its dread significance, it feels wiil to religion as a supreme object, yet so alien- 
that the aAvful alternative is noio or neve/; al- ated are we by nature from the self-renunciation 
though the stain of but a single sin mars the which the gospel requires, that, had you been 
garb of innocence. AVhen we consider that one transferred to the judgment-bar of Infinite recti^ 
sin "brought death into the world, and all our tude and purity, your soul Avould have been 
wo," and that the blighting curse of God fell on \ eternally blasted with the terrors of Divine 
the race for but a solitary breach of fealty, we wrath ; but now, being "born again," of Avattr, 
need not Avonder that a sinner of twelve years old and of the Spirit, you enjoy "the peace 
should have such a deep and damning sense of of God which passeth all understanding," and 
demerit. Had you not received the Savior ; look forward to death as the entrance into giory, 
when you did, your house might have remained i and to the judgment as your great coronation 
unto you desolate, and the self-induced hardness ' day. 

of your heart forever debarred the ingress of Eter- ' You have been broken from the quarry of sin, 
nity's King. In the Sanctuary Avhere I wor- scorched by the fires of Sinai and malleated by 
ship there is generally present a young lady the hammer of judgment, polished by the hand 
whom Christ often pleaded to gather under his of God for his temple, and then placed in your 
wings, and she would not. Often washer heart niche in the sacred edifice by the hands of his 
softened by the convicting grace of God, so that ministers. You are noAV to be a living stone, 
she could not restrain her tears. But she sum- i transparent Avith holiness, not mingling Avith the 
moned all the energies of her nature in opposi- 1 God-hating multitude from any impulse to par- 
tion to the Holy Spirit, and noAV she is so petri- ticipate in their forbidden pleasures, ever Avatch- 
fied in sin that she can Avithout a blush mock : ful lest the "Avhite stone" be fouled by contact 
the preacher to his face Avhen entreating the sin- ; Avith sin. A tremendous responsibility rests up- 
ner in the most pathetic manner to come to Je- , on you. The eyes oi Heaven and Hell and 



eaitli are scanning your motives and actions. — mutilated. You can do much good, if you but 
Yo'ur baptism lias been a public avowal that , keep the filth of corruption from tlic mirror of 
henceforth you are not of the world, and that you ; holiness. If you discover a fibre of iubrcd sin 
will be a living and faithful witness for Jesus, in I reaching toward the world, bring down the 
the lace of all opposition and contumely. A sword of the Spirit with a resolute stroke, and 

more solemn and momentous step than you have 
taken no one is capable of on thi*- side of Eter- 

amputate the offending member. Keep your- 
self in the love of God, and God will keep out 

nity. To live unto the world after being bap- the love of the world. "If any man love me, he 
tized into Christ's death, is to crucify Him afresh, i will keep my words ; and my Fatlier will love 
put Him to an open shame, and draw down upon ' him, and Wc will come unto him, and make our 
ourselves the unmitigated wrath of Jehovah. — ' abode with him." This is honor enough. By 
The scriptures abound in most learful declara- j creation we are a "little lower than the angels," 
tions in relation to those who fall from grace I but by redemption higher. Let us glacUy bear 
after having "tasted the heavenly gift, and were ! the Cross through a brief period of probation, so 
made partakers ot the Holy Ghost." Heb. 6:4,; that we may eternally wear a crown of righteous- 
5, 6. Guard every avenue of your soul, and al- { ness, and share the Throne of Jesus. The prom- 
low yourself not a moments slumber, lest the en-! ise is ours, and the fruition will be, if we remain 
emy drop his tares into the heaven-tilled soil, or i faithful unto death. C. II. BALSBAUGH. 
ensnare you with some evil in the guise of truth. ! ' si>^;^c1ss €itlllr7u. " 

••Let the word oi Christ dwell in vou richlv, in t i „ i. i • i i i • ^ r l 

11 . J „ ^1 ^ 1 ^, I xiv^iii, 1.1 . i have been much nitereptecl in a deaf-mute, seven 

all wisdom, so that when the adversary plies | vea.s of age, the son of a newly-elected Senator from 
you With his temptations, you may be able to j one of the Soutiiei-n States, who visited, not long since, 
repel him with Christ's weapon '■'■It is ivrltten, 
it is written, it is icrilteny Col. 3 : 16, Matt. 
4 : 1 — 10. Wrestle with the All- wise for Di- 
vine illumination, and by a meek and self-deny- 
ing, Christ-exalting life, help to answer your own 
prayers. Let it be your highest ambition and 
deepest concern to possess and exhibit the mind 
of Jesus. Let it be known to all that you have 
eaten "the little book" presented by your Heav- 
enly Bridegroom, and tl;at all that 'comes out of 
you, in word and deed, is but the unfolding of 
its leaves and the evolution ofits mysteries. " Be 

one of tlio families of my congregation. He is a boy 
of uncommon natural intelligence, very quick to com- 
prehend what is said to him chough he cannot hear, and 
lull of vivacity and sport. He became deaf the first 
year of his life, through sickness, before he had learned 
to speak. Mis father, with whom he was a special fa- 
vorite, anxious to do everything for hiin that could be 
done, placed him, last year, in the Clark Institute for 
poal-Mutes, at Northampton. There, under the train- 
ing of Miss Rogers, he soon learned to articulate quite 
a number of word;. After he had been at the Insti- 
tute a ^iQw months, the father called to see him. It 
happened to be the time of recess, and the boys were 
I at play on the ample grounds about the building-. " 

fr» flip vpn-A,\ ^,-.,1 +^ „11 1 /. ~' I *" i^'".v UH Luv; ciuipiu giouuu^ aoOUC lUC OUUUUlg. The 

to the world, and to all, an open volume of grace \ boy sa^r his father coming, aid stretching out his arms 
so tnat man) wtio never look inside the New [ ran to meet him saving at the same time, "■Father:'— 
Testament, may read in your life the beauty of j It was the first word the father ever heard him speak, 

li ' ind the elevating power of the Cross. ! ^"^ ^"^ ^""^^ overcame him. Ho could scarcely refrain 

li broad seal of God in your forehead K''°"^ ^^^'"' ^^'^^ "cart overflowed with joy,— joy that 

wherever you go, and be not ashamed to fr-H<v! !' ■^'''^■^ permitted him at length to hear his dear dumb 

that you esteem the reproach of Chris 4a er ^'{v?'"t D f f ;>f '•• , 
• I. i.1- iL ^ ,. , v^iAiisi, gicdter Vv hen I first heard the storv in the nresenre of tbo 
nches than the troasm-es ot earth, or thepleasm- boy Imnself, so brigl,, a,,,! L.^elMgontflo I a, /■ 
es o( sm, or the flatteries of the world. ^ .1- -i • ^ ° » ' . -U.> .^'^ 

Let i newly acquired power of articulate speech, I could not 
L- devil frigiiten you into deni-j '>'^'^ think of the great Fafher in heaven, and the mul- 
Be content with the crumbs '^"^"^^^^s of mute children he has here on earth, mrte at 

least so far as any acknowledgment of their relation- 
ship to him is concerned, children who have never 
called him by the endearing name of Fathcn-. And 
then I thought what must be the joy in that Father's 
heart when one of these dumb children of his,breakin<' 
at length the guilty silence so long observed, lifts hil 

eyes and heart toward Iieaven and says, "Faf/ier." 

N. Y. Observer. 

neither damsel nor de 
al of your Lord 

under the table, rather than "fare sumptuously'^ 
with the world every day. Let it be your glory 
that what others barter soul and cliaracter to 
gain, you "count but dung." Always bear about 
you pleuty of Heaven's currency, and see to it 
that the image and superscription of Jesus isun- 



lor the Com2)anion. 
A Dinlcgne on Feet-wasliliig. 

Brother A. I see there is much said of late, in the 
Companion on the subject of Feet-washing and I hope 
good may result taerefrom. 

Brother B. Yes such is the case and I am sorry to 
see s-iich a firm stand taken by those who are opposed 
to the general practice of the Brethren ; fearing strife 
and contention may be engendered thereby, so as to 
be detrimental to the cause of our blessed Master. 

A. I hope better things ; and that the seemingly 
opposing elements may be neutralized by a strict re- 
gard to God's word, and that union and harmoiiy may 
characterize the entire Body. 

B. God grant it may be so ! If christian forbear- 
ance would not be lost sight of, and a strict adherence 
to the adapting principles of the gospel be our motto, 
rather than too much stress placed upon the incidental 
or atiending circumstances of ouv ordinance, I'nion 
and harmony would prevail, each individual member 
of the syiiritual bodvwould be strengthened — Chiisiian- 
icy wo. Id blaze bri_^hter and shed its genial rays far 
ther and farther inco the dark abodes of the world, and 
the cause of pure and undefiled religion receive such 
and mipclus that the world would wonder, and angels 

A. That is true, but brother B., I m st say I am 
convinced the "sin2;le mode" of observing; the ordi- 
nance of Feetwaihing comes nearer the word than 
any other, and I have arrived to this conclusion from 
an impartial and solemn investigation of the matter. 

B. Well brother A., as I tiiink you honest and wil- 
lino- to recavit any principle when convinced of it, hav- 
innf no special claim on our religious tenets and is dan- 
gerous to the prosperity of Zion, I will debate the ques- 
tion with you in the fear of God and the love lor truth. 

A. By the word I shall stand or fall, so by the 
ivordl shall be governed. 

B. Why do vou favor the "single mode," so cal- 
led ? 

A. Because our Savior, in the singular washed 
and wiped and said "if I then your Lord and Master 
have washed yorr feet ye also ought to wash one 
another's feet!" Does not the turn "v/t" mean each 
one of them sho'-ld wash '■'■another'' s'^ feet. 

B. The meaning of the term is not necessarily con- 
fined to s-ch a signification. The term "your Lord," 
in same verse, evidently means Lord of one as well as 
Lord of all ; and "yo"r feet" may apply to the feet of 
one or to all ; in like manner "^e" may be rightfully 
applied to one as well as to all collectively. If each 
one of the number present wash the feet of another, 
they wash one another's feet ; and if a number are 
washed by one and some of those tliat have been wash- 
ed wash the feet of others do they not also wash one 
another's feet ? 

A. I mast confess it would be so, but is it accor- 
ding to the Savior's example for one to wash and 

another to wipe, when he says I have given jov an ex- 
ample ? &c. ' • 

r>._ What do you understand by the term "example" 
in this instance ? 

^ K. Why to do as he done in all things connected 
with feet-washing. 

B. Such as rising from supper, laying asiue gar- 
ments, girding with a towel, pouring water into a ba- 
sin, washiuii and wiping, yon mean I suppose. 

A. Certainly I do. 

B. And for doing it in an ujper charaher alone with 
the followers of Christ ? 

A. No, I do not contend for that. 

B. Where do you find the rule in (iod's word to go 
so far, in foUowing the example of our Savior in his 
preparatory steps, and no farther ? 

A. I am not prepared to answer that question. 

B. Should each member follow the literal example 
of our Savior. 

A I think so. 

B. Then it follows each one sho Id pour water in a 
basin that has no water in each one lay aside "gar- 
ments" male and female; &c., &c. 

A. I do not contend 'or so much. 

B. Don't vou believe the Suvior did so ? 

A. Yes. 

B. You are beginning to see the iuc$nsistencij of 
trying to follow the incidental and necessary steps of 
the Savior, when making preparations to establish an 
ordinance to teach us humility, &c. Particularly when 
those thin'iS ai^e not commands or binding on us to 

A. You do not mean to say we are not commanded 
to follow his example ? 

B. We are to follow his example just as far as He 
has commanded us to follow it. 

A. IIow lar is that ? 

B. Did you never notice the command is simply to 
do what he, Chris't, did to the Apostles. He says : "I 
have given yo^\ an example that you should do as I 
have done to you.''' Fiist, He commands: "ye also 
ought to wash one another's feet" and then "gives the 
example to do as he had done to tht::i. Not an exam- 
ple that they should lay aside p;aiments, gird them- 
selv'es,pour water into a basin, but simply do as I have 
done to you. That is wash one another's feet and not 
every one his own as the ancient custom has. The 
fall meaning of the command is concluded in that sim- 
ple sentence '•'■do as I have done to you''' 

A. I am really surprised I did not discover your 
mode of reasoning before this. You are right without 
a doubt. However you are not, I hope, opposed to the 
general custom and order of laying aside garments, 
pouring water into a basin, &c. 

B. Not at all. Like the Savior, preparatory 
steps should be taken to have all in readiness and the 
ordinance should be attended to in order and with pro- 
priety. But we should not pin our faith to those inci- 
dental and literal acts of the Savior where wo have no 



positive command to imitate, anrl forget the weightier 
matters, such as "be of one mind," "avoid contentions," 
lay not a stunibling-block in the trtll' of our dear 
brcthvon and sisters ; and many other 'oommands that 
\je ate to prone to overlook. 

A. If the general practice of the Church fulfils the 
comoiand of the Savior I shall be content, bo assur- 

B. If the thing commanded is obsc"ved in the 
proper spirit of haman obedience and the benelit in- 
tended is derived, what more can be desired ? That 
the church has prospered and been blessed by the 
smiles of a t^racious Trovidence (^since the change, as 
some tell us of, was made,) no one can question, and 
now is prospering ann will no doubt continue to pros- 
per if only these questions <if diderenfc can be set- 
tled and buried forever. 

A. You have given me a new mind oti the subject 
and I hnpp to come to a knowledge of the whole truth 

B. I wish to make an illustration and show to your 
candid rcason'Og f;>cuities That a command can be 
satisfactorily complied with, and all the benefits intend- 
ed result, and the designs carried out, by a different 
wav of procedure and all in harmony with the true 
intent uuvl signification of the command. 

A. That IS just wiiat I can not fully C'lmprehend. 

B. Well we will sui'pose a wealthy farmer is sur- 
roundfd by s;evpral poor dependent neighbors. lie 
cherishes the principle of charity and looks upon it as 
one of the essential christian graces without which no 
man can f ain heaven. Ttiat he may not become avari- 
"Aowi he has made it a rule to supply the wants of his 
poor neighbors at certain start<*d limes every year. — 
ilQ carries the necessaries of life to his neighbors pon 
his shoubier ; taking just eno^igh at each time for one 
neij^hbor and so on until all a -e supplied. When he 
comes to d'.e, as a last rei^uest and command to his 
children, he says, "forget not to be charitable to your 
neighbors. I have given you an example, and as I 
have done to them do ye also. Now do they under- 
(itand that ihey can not fulfil the command in any oth- 
er way than by carrying the necessary things on their 
shoulder jnst as he did, and to one at a time ? — 
Would they not understand that they are to provide 
for the want3 of their neighbors out of their abundance 
as he did? And owing to the increasing number of 
those ) equiring attention, one of them by the consent 
of all, g<ies with th*!ir team of horses aud Wii»on, and 
delivers those things d^ nated out of their abundance, 
piobably making one or two tiips answer the pur- 
pose. Now can it be .supp,<3sed tint those who did not 
actual] V engage in delivering those tilings to their nee- 
d*' neighbors, did not comj)ly with the comm&nd of lather, and that ho, if so permitted, would not give 
as kind a hinile of approbation to one as the other, 
knowing that all were wAilini in a spiilt of united love 
and chaiity to give out of their abundance? 

The Savior has commanded us to wash feet in the 

church, and as long as wo do it as an act of Irimility, 
throng'.i love and a united spirit of obcdieucc, and eve- 
ry member takes part cither in washing or I^eing Wvtsh- 
ed mav we not expect fo be blessed and receive the 
approving smiles of our Hoavealy Father. Though eve- 
ry individual member may not wash the feet of anoth- 
er at the same meeting, the will of the entire hudy is 

! '■^hroHfthi into suhjedioii to the will of God^'' as demon- 
strated by being wilUnrj to tvaah or he washed. Can 

I any one rightly say this will not be washing one anoth- 
er's feet when all the members of Christ's Body arc 
engaged in the work. 

I A. Your reasonings I must say are satisfactory to 
my mind. I now see no necessity of opposing the g3n- 

! eral order, it boing the rule so long in practice by a 

' large majority of the Brotherhood, and one that I 
think, will fulfil the command, and to oppose it, noth- 
ing can be gained but much raay he lost. Oh ! may 
we all strive for a more profit union of sentiment on 
this as well as on all other points of difference. 

J . S. FLORY. 
Fayetteville, W. Va. 

Auoiatins; the Sick. 

Brother Henry ; I notice on page 426, of volume 4," 
an article upon tlie above subject which needs some ex- 
planation, as those do not seem to be the words that 
are now used. 1 suppose it was an oversight oT yours; 
or perhaps you had not all the manuscript of the elder 
brethren, as the minutes of tha^ time were not yet 
printed. See the Encvclopedia, page 1" and 18. 


In addition to what we gave at tlie tim'3 above re- 
ferred to, we quote also th • following paragraph from 
the "Encyclope'Ii&,'" wh!ch is certainly all that refers 
to thit part oi the question under consideration, viz : 
Tlie words used : 

"From manuiicript aocoiiuts of elder brethren eoiiceruiug the same, 
and exhibitiug it lao.e particularly, we have the following : As re- 
gards the AKoiNTiNO, it re-iuires two brethren in order to perform 
it, accoidiug to the advice of the apostle, since he says, 'Lit him 
j call fov the elders of the ohurfh, aud let them pray jver him.' Th«sc 
core's reqnire more than oue. Now when we arc going to perform 
the sa-nc, tlie first we do after singing a few appropriate lines, and 
brielly exho ting, is to turn to Got nnitedly, and to pray God for a 
bI•-g^ing upoj ouise-Tcs, upon the s'clc member au;I npon al', as wc 
do in a nieit-iig; a')d there is libeityto p/ay for all the brethren 
present, if time wi;i permit, aud strangers are present, the passage 
of James, chap. 5. may b'; '.ead as far as relates this matter, and 
bi-iellfco onicnted upon. Then the sicli meir.ber is raised to a sitting 
posit'oii (if the state of the patient permits), aud the elder brother 
reac'.ies forth his hand, aud the o h^r brotlie' pours ihe oil upon it 
while U' (the first; pufs it upon the head of the sick, and thus three 
limes, saying lae words of the apost'e : "Thou art anointed in tin- 
name of l:>e Lod — uuio the strengthening of ihy faith— mto the 
com'.)- i iir o:thy conscience— and unto a full assurance wf the rc- 
mi8.<ion of ti.y sins, or as 'he Lord may give utterance, and thcnthe 
brethren both put 1 .eir hands upon the sick, even as it i- doLcw hen 
a broUier is ordaiucd, an I pray < liiclly for Ike sick menibiT. 
an exiimi)le we havi' of the ijaviour, as we sne in Mark : 15 
10 : 18. and tliis ii Ih--. order the brethren have administered 
same. Brethren who are uot ordained may aduiiniHter it in eahes o 
necessity." [Appendix to Min. 1R44.] 



I fast as you can; for pity is but cold comfort when one 
is up to tlie chin in cold water, and within a hair's 
ureadth of starvinu; oi- drownin;r." 


Pity, indeed, is of ilself poor comfort at any time ; 
and unless it produces something >no!e substantial, is 
i-ather impertinently troublesome, than agreeable. To 
stand bemoaning the misfortunes of our friends, without 
offering some expedient to alle\iate them, is only echo- 
ing to their grief, and putting them in mind that they 
are miserable. 

He is truly my friend "or neighbor" who, with ready 
presence of mind, supports me ; not he who condoles 
with rae upon my ill success, and says he is sorry for 
my loss. In short, a favor or obligation is doubled by 
being well-timed ; and he is the best benefactor, who 
knows our necessities, and complies with our wishes, 
even before we ask him. ASA "WARD. 

Sykesville, Md. 

For the Companion. 
"liOve yonr STeigliboi* a.s Yoursell." 

"Wlio is my iieigliboi?" Luke 10 : 29. 

Although the primary meaning of the word neighbor i 
signifies a person living near by, or close at hand, there j 
is a better and truer meaning of" the term "my neigh- 1 
bor," given by Jesus, when he was asked "Who is my , 
neighbor?" Our Lord then beautifully illustrates it I 
by telling them of a man who fell among thieves, going | 
from Jerusalem to' Jericho. The thieves stripped him I 
of his goods and left him half dead on the road side. — 
After a while a priest came along and saw the poor, 
unfortunate man in a dying condition ; doubtless the 
man thought surely if any person will help me, it is 
this priest ; but the man's sufferings did not arouse any 
sympathy Irom this clank speck of humanity, and so 
he passed by en the other side. After a while a Le- 
vite came along. Now, peradventure, the poor suf- 
ferer will get attention, and this Levite may have mer- 
cy on him, and come to his relief. But see! he also 
passes him by, and the dying man is subject again to 
disappointment. Doubtlsss he now felt that the re- 
maining spark of life winch the thieves had left him, 
would be extinguished by the unkindness of these pass 
ers by. 

But finally, a Samaritan came along and saw the 
man's wretched condition, and had mercy on him, by 
getting from his beast and dressing his wounds and 
pouring in oil and wine to restore in a measure his ex- 
hausted nature and drooping spirit, lie ther sat him ■ subject ; and at times a state of mental depi'ession 
on his beast and took him to the next inn and gave the ' seems unavoidable. There are many little things in 
host charge concerning him, that he would see him \ this old, w^onvout world whicli cause the humblest and 
paid, ^c. ' holiest of Lhrist's dear flock to be depressed in soul. — 

IS'ow the Savior asked who was neighbor to the man j And every one who has learned of the primeval crea- 
who fell among thieves ? They said the man who had tion of man, and has studied the cause of the corrup- 
mercy en him, — this is a natural inference that the Sa- [ lion and distraction or the minds of men or manki-.-id in 
maritau was his friend and neighbor, notwithstanding , general, can testify that in the beginning it was not 
they may have lived hundreds of miles apart. On the ; sO. After man be'iame a living soul, "<jod saw every- 
other hand the priest and Levite may have lived next i thing that he had made : and behold, it was very good." 
door to this unfortunate man, and thf Savior beauti- , The lovely pair were veri/ good. But in all ages since, 
fully shows that they were not his neighbors, whether , God has given testimony to the sad fact of human de- 
thev lived 'lose together, or far apart. We under- \ pravity. Sin unbalances man in his relations to God, 
stand then that those who do us good, or wish us well, and obe"ilence adjusts him. Those who are "without 
are our neighbors. Who then cannot love his neighbor \ hope and without God in the world," are unbalanced ; 
as himself? 3,nd they that name the name of (Jbribt, and do not 

This subject can be further illustrated by one of "abstain from every appearance of evil," are unbal- 
xEscp's fables. A fox, having fallen into a well, made anced in their Christian character proportionately. — 
a shift by sticking his claws into the sides, to keep his , The sinner comes to God that he may be made iioly, 
head above water. Soon after, a wolf came and peeped Holiness is a progressive work. The Christian must 
over the brink, to whom the fox applied himself very '-follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which 

• J' or the Ctinpanion. 

Hoping and Waiting;. 

"It is a good tiling that a man should botli hope and quietly wait 
for the salvation of thy Lord." Lam. 3 : 2G. 

The tendency of the mind, when laboring under a 
feeling of depression, is, to hope for speedy relief or 
ultimate recovery, according to circumstances. This 
depression of mind is one of the results of having in- 
herited a second or fallen nature. To this, we are all 

earnestly for assistance ; entreating that he »vould 
help him to a rope, or something of that kind, which 
mi"ht favor his escape. The woL", moved with com 

no man shall see the Lord." So it is written. 

The prophet who is the author ol the words quoted, 

was a man of God. In his time, Jerusalem was in a 
passion at his misfortune, could not forbear expressing deplorable condition. Tlie laithful werj depressed in 
his concern: "Ah 1 poor Reynard," says he, "I am soul, and bewailed the calamities of the people because 
sorry for you with all my heart ; how could yeu possi- of their sins. The prophet complained to God, and in 
bly come into this melancholy condition." '-Nay behalf of the faithful, prayed for deliverance. They 
prithee, friend," replies the fox, "if you wish me well, believed that the Lord would deliver them. They had 
do not stand pitying of me, but lend me some suceoi as • chosen the Lord as their portion, and therefore hoped 



in him. Their hope was stayed upon him who can de- 
liver when all human help fails. And they not only 
put their hope in God, but were willing to ivait for 
(Jod's own time. They knew and confessed that "the 
Lord is good unto them that wait for Him, to the soul 
that seeketh Him." Thev expected a salvation from 
their calamitous state, and ceased not to "hope and 
quiijtlv wait for the salvation of the Lord." Thus it is 
with the Cliridtian who mourns the condition of this 
world. Oo his left, he beholds sinners of every grade 
passing on to the sinner's dreadful doora^ and on his 
right. Christians of every creed marching inconsider- 
ately to the awful tribunal of God's inflexible justice. 
He who has at heart the salvation of the lost, the pu- 
rity of the Church, and the promulgation of Apostolic 
truth, will give his influen ce to these ends by living be- 
fore the world and the Church, a consistent and blame- 
less life : and, if it is his part and position, will help, 
with the ability that *,iod giveth, in the spreading and 
furtherance of that good work of which it is written : 
"t;io ye into all the world, and preach the Gospol to 
every creature : he that belicveth and is baptized, shall 
be saved." And in this will pray aad look for glori- 
ous results : and if these v^iil not come to pass at once, | 
will realize and feel the truth of those well-spoken 
words: "It is good thao a man slwuld both hope and j 
([uietly wait for tiie salvation of the Lord." 

But these words are specially precious to every , 
faithful believer in Christ. They contain a wholesome i 
store of iood for the righteous hungry. Some have 
hope, but in the day of adversity, fail. If God gives 
us sorrow here, we mu^t hope in him for deliverance. , 
If we mast endure chastisements for Christ's sake, let 
us remember that "it is good that .t man should hope," 
seeing that what we hope for is eternal, and surpasses I 
all we are able to cbnceive. They who pass through | 
tribulation now, will enjoy the fruition of their hope in | 
the world to come. Ye who are persecuted for the i 
sake of your devotion to the truth, remember, that if , 
in this time some would make you ashamed of vour pe- ! 
culiaricy. you will not be ashamed of your hope. Horn. ! 
5 : o. Amid such trying scenes, your hoDe by faith 
will bring you oil the nearer to Christ. Tiiough your i 
Christian warfare be long, deipair not. We must wait, ' 
"quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord" as well as I 
hope for it. We must persevere. JJehind are foes and \ 
destruction; therefore keep "looking unto Jesus."— ^ 
"Remember Lot's wife." Think not for a moment that j 
you can identiiy yourselves with the world, (Tod's en I 
emi?3, and retain your heirship with Christ. Scoffs I 
and jeers and false accusations may very painfully cru- 
cify the proclivities of our old nature and "the lusts of 
the flesh,-" but how shall all these things be compared 
with the incomparable reward which we "should both 
hope and quietly wait for?" That C hristian who has | 
no trials is m a dangerous state. Trial is the very or- ! 
deal turough whi-3h we are made meet for heaven' If i 
we are thus perfected, we are perfected with Christ. — 
Heb. 2 : 10. D. B. MENTZER. 

A Severe Cold Iroiu being; K»i>lizetl. 

The paragraph in a late issue of the Wataiman, re- 
lating to death by immersion, reminds me of an occur- 
rence of some few years since in IJoston, as follows: 

My daugliter had taken a severe cold, became very 
ick, and was attended by the well known late Dr. B., 
of this city, a kind, sympathizing physician, and a very 
prominent member of the Congregational church. TIic 
doctor was very attentive, and did his best for her com- 
fort and recovery. Meeting the father of the sick girl 
one day, the doctor, with solemn gravity, expressed the 
sorrow for her sad case, and remarked — 

"I suppose you are aware how your daughter took 
her coid ?" 

"No," said her fat'lier ; "How ?" 

"By being immersed," said Dr. B. 

"No, I think not," said the father. 

"I can assure you," said Dr. B., "that such is the 

"It is not so. and I cannot for a moment suffer such 
an error to gain credit," said the father. 

"liut," said Dr. B., "I tell you as a professional 
man that such is ibe fact, and her sickness was caused 
in no other way. Everybody understands it so, and 
believes it." 

"I am very sorry," said the father, "that such is the 
repor:. Do your people generally believe it?" 

"Yes," said Dr. B., "all why speak of her sickness 
are convinced of the fact. It is too bad. It was very 
imprudent at this season of the year. She was a very- 
delicate girl — I fe;ir she will not survive her sickness." 

The father took the doctor by the button of his coat 
and remarked as follows : "Doctor, I am very, very 
sorry that such an impression prevails anion t' vour 
people, but doctor, your ])eoplc believe a report vf" this 
kind very easily, and hold on to it very hard; sti'd I 
can assure you, from my own personal knowledge, that 
my child did not cake her cold from being baptized." 

Tiie doctor siill staked his proicssional opinion for 
the truth of his assertion, v,'hcr. tic father clo:^cd the 
conference by ^-jtatiug the fact that, ai.-hough his daugh- 
ter had been admitted to the cluirch, as yet she had°iot 
been baptized. "Mr. A.," said Dr. B., '^>ou are too 
bad-— is this so ?" 

"Yes, just so." The patient, however, outlived Vwq 
doctor and the erroneous report. — Cor. Y/atchnan and 

If vvc fail on suitable occasions to declare 
Avliat God has done for our souls^ we shall be 
likely to offend our heavenly Father. But on 
the other hand, if we make such declarations, 
satan will be likely to be present, and tempt us 
to spiritual pride. Happy is the man who can 
relate and extol God's gracious dealings with 
him, with such meekness and humility as to 
furnish no entrance to evil. 



-For the Compau.ion. 
Close of liife. 

When we look al the close of ITe, and the silence 
that novr reigns among those who once enjoyed them- 
selves wlJi ihpii- friends and associates, but who, aI-\«, 
have left this weild, it makes us ihoughtful. Who is 
it that has not a father or mother, a brother or sister, 
that has been called from time to eternity ? How often 
do we cirrti to the bedside of dving friends and hear 
their groans. Sti 1 there ar? thousands that do not 
think of the hour of death. They say that there is yet 
time to prepare for it; that they will obey God's com- 
mands when they have more time, but let me say to 
such, that death may come very soon, for be is no re- 
specter of persons or ages. He takes young, old and 
middle-aged. We should therefore always be prepared 
to meet death, so that it may not be to us an hour of 
sorrow, but of joy. And to be prepared r. t any mo- 
ment; we dare not pnt it off until to-morrow ; for we 
do not know whether to morrow will be ours. There is 
no time thnt belo'igs to us except the present. To 
prove this I need only refer you to the many that have 
been in the bloom of life, but were very so jn laid on 
the bed of sickness and pain, and called upon to stand 
at the bar oT (jol to give an account of the deeds done 
wiiUe on earth. And how hird it must be when the 
judge gives Ids sentence : "i3epart ye cursed into ever- 
lasting fire !'" Yet this will be our doom just a"> sare 
as we v.iit oir coming to God till it is too late. One 
day we caivied along the cjlHn of the once SHiding in- 
fant, and ihe next day that of a young m:m or young 
womivn, just ii the prime of life, to be Iniil in an un- 
timolv g.ave; the umeral being i\'!l^)^^ed by a nimiber 
of unconcerned persons, who do not thiuk how soon 
thev m.'>\' follow in the same train. Yet they aie still 
craving fur this woild's goods, ai.d say that they have 
yet tim.p. and put OiT comiag to ( od tili they have 
more time. Let me s-ay that the devil tells you this, 
for hf always >\ill persu.^de you if he can to delay. — 
He will tell you there Is su'l time, until it h-. too late. 
L^o not heed ii'.s devices. 

Let us all, therefore, prep.<»re for a future world ; so 
that we mav not be af ai 1 to d'-^ when death cvertakej 
us, and that we may say the poet: 

"Oil, g-;-aye. iva?re is thy rictory ? 
O, dc.i b, -ivhei-;; is tbv s.iug?"' 

Wahlut, Pc. 

Seevet Pi-ajer. 

'•But llioM, -wUftii tbou prayest, enter iuto tiiy closet, and, wlien 
thou hast fchut ihr c^ :ov, pray to il\v Father ^vho is iu secret,'" 6iQ.— 

The meaning of the Savior iu the quoted verse i<, 
that there should be some pltice where we may be in 
secret — where we may oe alone Avith God. There 
should be some j^Zftce to which we may resort where no 
car will hear us but Eh ear, and no eye can see us hut 
Idir, eye. Unless there is such a jilacc, seciet prayer 
will not be long or strictlv maintained. It is often 

said that we have no such place, and can secure none. 
We are away from home ; we are traveling ; we are 
among stranger- ; we are iu stages and steamboats, and 
ho'v can we iind such places of retirement ? I answer, 
tiie desire to pray, and the love of prayer, will create 
such places in abundance. The Savior had all the 
dhncuities which we have, yet he lived in the practice 
of secret prayer. To be alone ha rose uo "a great 
while before day," and went into a solitary place and 
prayed. With Him, a grove, a mountain, a garden 
furnished such a place, and though a traveler, and 
among stran'gers, and without a house, he lived in the 
habit of secret prayer. What excuse have they who 
have a home, and who spend the precious hours of the 
morning in sleep, and who will practice no self-denial 
that they may be alone with (xod ; O Christian, thy 
Savior would have broken in upon these hours, and 
would have trod his solitary way to the mountain or 
the grove that he might pray. He did do it. He did 
it to pray for thee, too indolent and too unconcerned 
about thy own salvation and that of the world, to prac- 
tice the least self-denial in order to commune with God ! 
How can religion live this ? How can such a soul be 
saved? The Savior does not specify the tin:es when 
we should pray in secret. He does not say how often 
it should be done. The reasons may have been, 1st, 
That he desigHcd that his religion should be vohintarij 
— and there is not a better test of true piety than a 
disposition to engage often in secret prayer. He de- 
signed to leave it to his people to show attachment to 
him by coming to God ofteti — and as o/ten as they 
choose. 2nd. An attempt to specify the times when 
this -should be done would tend to make religion formal 
and heartless. 3rd. The periods are so numerous, and 
the seasons for secret prayer vary so much, that it 
would not be easy to fix rules when this should be done. 
Yet without giving rules — where the Saviour has given 
none — we may suggest the following as times wheu se- 
cret prayer is proper. 1st. In the morning. Nothing 
can be more appropriate when we have been preserved 
through the night, and when we are about to enter on 
the duties and dangers of another day, than to render 
Him thanks, and to commit ourselves to his fatherly 
care. 2nd. In the evening. When the day has closed 
— what more natural than to render thanks and to iui- 
plore forgiveness for what we have siid or done amiss, 
and to pray for a blessing on the close of the day ; and 
when about to lie down again to sleep, not knowing but 
it may be our lant sleep and that we may awake in 
eternity, what more. proper than to commend ourselves 
to the care of Him 'Svho never slumbers or sleeps." — 
Crd. Wc should pray in time of embarrassmetU and 
perplexity. Such times occur in every man's life, and 
it is then a privilege and a duty to go to God and seek 
his I'irectioii. In the mos^. diilicult and embariassed 
time 01 the American revolution, Washington was seen 
to retire d<iily to a grove in the viciuiiy o'i the cainp 
at Valley Eoige. Curiosity led a man to observe him 
on one occasion, and the father of his country was seen 



on his knees supplicating the iJod of hosts in prayer. 
4th. NVe shouM pray when we are beset with stroni; 
temptations. So tue S;ivioai pravou in the gauien of 
(iethsetnane. and so we should pray when we are 
tempted. 5ili. Wo suuild pray when the Sni: i' prompts 
U-* to pray: when we feel ./..'.« l'.':e pratjlny ; when 
nothing can sutisfy the soul hut pvavci-. Siioh limes 
occur in iho l:fo of every Christian — and tiioy are 
springtimes of i.iety — favoraole ga'es to waft us on to 
heaven. Prater, then, is the e'ement of being; the 
b-eath ; the vital air ; and then ihe Cli isuanmust and 
s:iouM pray The heart is then full. The soul is ten- 
der. The sun o>' ^lory siiines with unusual splendor. 
No cloul intervenes. The C hist an rises from the 
earth and nant^ for g'ory Tben we may gn alone 
with God. We may ente- uie closet, and b' eathe 
forth our warm desires into the ever-open ear of God, 
and he who S'les in secrot shall reward us open' '. bj- F. FouxBV. 
ISloI« Il1ii<itfatiou. 

joj; , UAPV :r £. 

Thd sub ime r ^presentation in ih s chapter of the 
means emnloved ly G jd for the punishment, of a ;^uilty 
peoplf. contain an exoeed'ngh' graph-c descripiion of 
the devastating march of an army of locusts. Tiie lit- 
eral a:oi'i'ac / of this description is confi -med by the 
obiervatioi of travelers an 1 others, and. by the instaa- 
ces reco' de I of the ravages ot these insects. In the 
ye=.r o'.U, an i'lfiaite a my of locusts ravaged a part of 
Ita'y ; and bei-ig cast into the sea created such a stench 
that a pesti'.once arose which carried oS" a million of 
men and beasts. In the Venetian te .itorv, also, in 
1 -'.78, more than ihiicy thousand persons arc said to 
have pe.-ished in a famine occasioned by the terriSc 
seour^^es. In 1650 a cloud of them ente-ed Russia 
knd p ^sed over into Poland and Ldhuania. where the 
a.r vfij da, kened by their numbe;s. In some places 
they we e seen Iring dead, heaped one upon another 
t-) ihe depth of four feet, the trees beat down with 
their weight, and the dama^^e done by ihera exceeded 
a'l comnu.ation. In 174 r, vast swa ms did great 
damage in Wallachia, Moldavia, Transylvania, llun^-ary 
and I'olanl. One at \*ienna was three miles ivi breadth, 
and another extended to so great a leagth as to be four 
hours in passing over a given point, and such was its 
densi:y, that it totally intercepted the light of the sun, 
80 that when they flew low one person cou'd not see 
another at the distance of twenty paces. 

Moor, when at Poonah, was witness to a a •mmcnsc 
army of locusts which was stated to extend i. t hun- 
dred miles, and so compact, that, whtMi on I'aj win^, 
like an eclipse, it completely iiid the sun, so that no 
shadow was case b'^ any object, and some loftv toubs, 
distant his residence not more I'lan two aundretl 
yards, were renuered quite invisible. M;-. Ei row 
states a still more striking view of the ravages of the 
locust in the southern parts of Africa ; he states that 
an area of nearly two thousand square miles might be 

said to be literally covered with them. When they 
wei e d.'ven into tho sea by a northwoit wind, they 
formed upon the shore a bank ne.^a-'y four feet high, 
and wiien the wind ^was southeast the stench was so 
!;reat as to bo smelt at the distanca of one huntlvcd and 
fiftv miles. J''rom 1773 to 1730, tho empire of Mo- 
rocco was teri'ib'y by locusts ; everv i|_,een 
thin ' eaten up, not even the bitter bark of the or- 
an^e and the pomegranate e3c;..iVing. A nnst uread.'ul 
famine ensued. Tiie poor were seen to wander over 
the country, deriving a miserable existence from the 
loots of points; and the women and children followed 
the camels, from whose dung they nioked the i idigested 
grains of barley, which they devo'ired witii avidity. — 
h\ consequence, vast numbers perished, and tlie roads 
and streets exhibited the unbuied* ca, cashes of the 
dead! On this occasion, fathers sold theii* cliildren, 
and husbands their wives I 

Tiie noise which the locusti make when engaged 'n 
the work o!" dcsi.uction, has been compared <o 
flame of a e driven by the wind, and the etlect of ibeir 
bite to that of fire. Southey has thus strikingly ue- 
scribed the noise produced by their flight, and approach 
of the swa-ras of locusts ; 

"Ouward they came, a dark coatimioiis (.•loud 
Of congi-ej;ated myriads numbcless — 
Tbe rushiii J of whose win;^-^ was as the sound 
Of a broad liver headloug in '.'s course 
Pl.iiiged from a niouDiaij summit, or the roai- 
or the wild oceau ia tUa Au.rmu sioiin, 
ShaKeriu;j i.s billows o^i a shore of rock." 

But this, however noetic, falls far short in correct- 
ness and sublimif to the desc-ioiion of tiie prophet 

. — "^1.- • ~*t^ 

The B^osHh Ul. 

A wealthy family' in the aristocratic boulevard 
Malesherbes weie amu:sing themselves in seeking the 
king's portion, or the ring in the festival cake, when a 
lady of the company says to the hostess, "I wish niy 
portion to be given to the poorest little boy who can 
be found in the streets." The servant was despatched 
on this freezing night, and not far from the house he 
found a ragged urchi i trembling with cold and hunger, 
lie b-ought him up, was ordered into the gay saloon, 
where a thousand lights glittered, and a sparkling fire 
gladdened and surprised. He drew his portion which 
the benevolent lady had promised, and as luck would 
have it, the little fellow found the ring (beans they 
use in Paris instead,") and of course he was "king." — 
They all shouted out that being a king he must ctiodse 
a queun. lie was asked so to do, and looking round 
the company he chose the very lady who had proposed 
to cede her portion of the cake, lie was asked why 
he chose her. He said, "I don't know, she looks the 
most like mother." "Mother, whose mother ?" ":My 
mother. I never knew her, but was stolen away from 
her, and here is her portrait!" With this he drew 
from out his ragged coat a likencs-i, which proved to 
be that of the vtry lady herself, who in Italy had had 
her child stolen from her. 



I^et God ISpeak. 

lis" tlie "mavcli of inicUecfc,'" men arc apt to look too 
favorably upon the claims of a new t'ueory in itsanta;;- 
onism to an ol<t opinion, especially if the new view is 
the offspring of a brilliant bi*a'n, Avhose influence is 
great in the world of science aiicl letters. It is not 
straiijffi t^iat apparent conflicts bet'.veen the inspired 
record and later expositions are deveiopeil. The 
last two centuries have brouj;hfc one facts which have 
revolutionized the theories and thinking of the wise. — 
Old philosophies have been modified, and new one; 
have been horn. Divine truth of course, is ever the 
same, but man's conception of it m&y be varied ; and 
his j^r/"ecfj5//o?i of it can not be more perfect than the 
clearness of its revelation. Tiie natural heart of a 
man. the moat distinguished in science and philosopliy, 
is still enmity against G od ; and it is not strange if 
that enmity improves any opportunity to attack God's 
word. That word should stand upon the sure vantage- 
ground secured by a translation as accurate inform and 
sense as is practicable. A momenc's tiiought will suf- 
fice to verity this position ; and further examination 
will convince that there are now facilcies for the attain- 
ment of nmch greater accuracy in rendering the 
thought from the dead languages that those enjoyed 
by t'i<i revisers of King dames. 

The m'Mitai activity of the age has pushed investiga- 
tion in every direction, and many materials for definite have been obtained wiiich until recently, 
were wanting. Theories, which in 1611 would iiave 
subjected their authors to the imputation and restraint 
of Miadm.'n, a"e not fidly substantiated and acc3pted. 
Philosopny, ''f;iis'-lv so called." attempts to use to the 
disadvantage of divine t;uth the disparities that are 
brouitht tolight between this increased knowledge of 
the niueteenta ccn'u;-y and the stat^nuents of the trans- 
lation made i:i tlie early p irt of the seveateetii century. 
The lattdy devtd')ped doctrines are run in a nt-w niuuld 
of tlioaglit and technicality, and upon the antiquated 
phvase^'logy of the Bibh^ -i change is brought of awta^- 
onism to established facts. Here is a snare for the un- 
learned and the unwary. One well acquainted with 
the original, and fully posted in genuine scientihc dis ; 
ooveries, can answer these Uifidelic flings ; but the • 
common man, with his Common Version, is at their 

But the word of the Lord enduieth forever ; and He 
who has always cared for his word has provided fur the 
elucidation of"dark points, the removal of difficulties, 
and the triumph of the light of revelation over ever;- 
foe. Glance at some of the aids already furnished. 
The channels opened by commerce, erudition, .an.l 
statesraenship have been used to gather contributions 
for developing and illustrating the true meaning of t!ie 
Book of books. The sources, structure, and power of 
ianouagcs have been revealed; the land of the Hebrew 
people has been thoroughly explored, and has furnish- 
ed informalijn through its customs and monuments 
which materially helps to clear away the mystery 

which formerly enveloped it; manuscripts, covered 
with tite du-^t of centuries, have been exhum;!, and 
subjected t'> the severest tests of cnn >"tont criticism 
(furnished dat; for the sohxtiou of pass igcs b-jfjre in 
'louht, and the correction of positive errors.) 

In a word, profound investigations, by the best minds 
in Christendom, have established facts and priucioies 
never thought of by tlinse who worked under the rule 
of 1 [ampton Court Corderence. 

Can these accumulations of the past two centuries 
and the acce-^f-ions of the present be made available? 
Certr3inly. Wiil it be done bv a general waiting for a. 
universal movement of Christendom in that dii-ec:ion ? 
Xo. That is not in accordance wltii the previous his- 
tory of truth's triumphs. The imlividuai truthdover 
must use his own iailuenee, combiu'^ it with th^i i6vr or 
many who think with him, and by spreading the senti- 
ment and helping the work truth conquers. 

Ls there any activity in this direction ? Yes. — 
While the scholars and divines of Continental Europe 
have discussed the subject in its relations to tise lan- 
guages spoken by them, men of distinction in England 
both in Church and State, have recognized the need of 
thorough revision. The same subject has been much 
talked of here ; and the talk among us has produced 
results. For eighteen years o body of men have been 
working, "through evil and good report." on ti:e New 
Testament. Tuat Testament has been for several 
years before the public, and has had an immense cii'cu- 
lation, whicii continues. These same men (connected 
with the American Bii)le Union) are vigorously push- 
in/ forward tie Old Testamv>at. Theie peculiar lacil 
ities are )-emarkable. Yvith a valuable library, the ac- 
cumulations of many years, contaiiung treasures of the 
centuries which could not be rcphacetl, if destroyed ; 
and having secured the services of some of the best 
qualified men in the world, they deserve the sympathy 
and co-operation of vili who v.ish to see the Bible shin- 
in" in a poritv' and power that wiil dissipate the mists 
of error Way should not the English reader enjoy 
these advai;tages, vvliich now belong to scholars? iiow 
unfair that the common <. hristian ^iiould be compelled 
to listen to the Rabshekahs wuo proclaim, in the lan- 
guage of tiic people, their fallacies and insinuations, 
designed oo oveiturn the divine record; while, for his 
defense, he is obliged to fall b;ick upon the defective 
lendorinor of the forty-seven men, who themselves never 
heard of some of the most effective weapons now used 
by the friends of revelation. 


rrayer is a religious representing of our will, 
and pouring out our hearts before God ; it is the 
soul's pulse, and shows the state of the heart ; 
il spiritual life be weak in us our prayers will be 
so too. Prayer is, in all ordinary cases, and it 
always ought to be, a calm and peaceful exercise, 
not an agitating one. 



? F T R Y . 

By Request. 
Jesu»> Ulcti ou Cnlvnry. 

Jes'.is (\i-u ou 1 ulvary'i uioimlains 

Anl saA-j.t''Jii's rolUug foimtalus 

Ni,'v sVeisIy Sow. 
OiH-i- h'* voice ill toacs of pity 

^ ' ■ \ro.> ; 

: o'or Ji'ilnh's city, 

On hi? Ii'-ad tl>e liews of midnlgUt 

Fell. '.o"S "-O i 
Now .1 ri.y of dazzliug &uuliglit 

Sits on'liU bow. 

J. MIS dlei'. vrt Vve? forever, 

Xo more lo die ; 
Dylns Jet-US, lilef-s-cd Savior, 

Now reiij)i6 on liiijli. 

Vow in Ifi-inen he's interceding 

For dvinir men ; 
Soon he'll finish nil his pleading;. 

And come a^aiu. 

r> - tell that summer, 


S;^.., J., :t J.-fv.s' coniiug 

!:> nigh at hant . 

CJiii^rcu. 'ef yoii. .:iii;;'5 uc burning, 

. n hope oflleaveu ; 
Waiting for your Lord's rf turuiag. 

At dawn or ee;n. 

W - ■ • - :i voioe from Heaven 

< of n>y rather. 

Chii^/cu, co'iie ho;; v. 

J'or t.':e Coinpaitioji. 
lij nin. 

My wayward heart ' my wayward heart ! 

Ah \ wherefore wilt tliou ctray 
Forever thus from Reasou's path, 

Th'' safe, though narrow way I 

My >l.;ful acart ". uiy siuiui iieart ! 

^^ '. wherefor'- art tiiou prone 
To evil ihoc<;hi^, nor fl.\ ihy thoaghu 

Ou God an^ ITeaven alone. 

My V ;■ wcHrv heart ! 

.\ ; Uion toil 

For \:.. I. dea.h to thco ! 

O &«el( .-v iiottler r-<oU. 

Turn ■ ' Tt ; and E oar above 

I;: w.iy ; 

Lo : ■- .'ir lieekou^ tlicB 

From iiiiiu'o course away ! 

■^ ~' ■' ' " ••■ ■ ■- ■ 'rue's bhriiic, 
not ; 

lere (ju tbiiici 
Xuougit ly :iic rtoil-l forgo*. 

On. o- 

Tb.- r- 



— ' ■ -oruiuu ii.c.iKo, 

^ >s hath eome 

o;i \i\* will' s. 

Helmet not. i-h ; my heart, the ray 

To iiff. it liida thi-e ris^e 
From that ion:j death, the death of siu ; 
Be wi-c I my heart, be wise ! 
ACwni i.'o.,'Pa.] J. S. U. 

>««- — ■- 
For Saturdny Xight. 
Chafed and worn ■vviih worldly care, 
Sweetly, Lord, luy heart prepare ; 

BUI the inwanl :emp' st cense ; 
Jesus come and wliis:)ev peace ; 
Hugh the whi;-lwiiid of my will ; 
M'itli thysi'li'iiiy spii-.i, iKl ; 
End in calm tU;r. tiu^y week — 
Lei the SabbatW ^cn-ly break. 

Sever, Lord, tlie carliily ties — 
Fniu I'v 'oul 10 thfc would rise ; 
l)lsenta"n!ile me fio'.i- time — 
Lilt m<- KJ a piir.-r cl'iiie ; 
Lt m- cn^t ao.'v my load — 
Let mc now diJ'W nii;ii to Ood, 
Geisilv, .ovluu: J.'MiS speak— 
End In calm this bu>y week. 

Dr.nv the curt.-in «'f /epose, 
Wliilc my we'.iry lyeiids close ; 
Sti-al my'^pirit wliile J rest — 
Give me (lieaminj;- pure .ind blest j 
lltii^c mo witli a chivrfiil heart — 
Holy GbO'-t Ihvt.eU'inpart ; 
Th.-'n the Sablvith rt.iy ""'l ho 
Heaven brou^iht doiv u to earth am' me. 

bighing. Passing i.^ thfit place, let 
i\s cultivato the spirit is to 'lis- 
tin^iiish us wlion we arrive there, 
and yhow iIkid we do really bc^^'jin 
our hcavoii on tlio eiirth. 

Learn to Wait-'-OI all the lessons 
that humanity ha'-; to learn in life's 
' sohonl, the hardest i-; to learn to 
wait. Not 10 wait with the folded 
' hards that claim Vul-'s prizes without 
j provious elliirt. init, liaving struggled 
and crowded the slow years with tri- 
I al, see no sueh result as eu')rt soctns 
I to warrant — nay. periiaps, disas-ter 
I instead. T<» st.\nd firm at su",h crisis 
' iif existence, to preserve one's self- 
' poise and self-respect, not to lose 
' [luld or to reb.x erTurt, this is great- 
ness, wliether acideved by man or 
woman - whether the eye oF the 

"Aorld notes it, or it is recorded in 
that book which the light of eternity 
shall aloae make olera- to the vision. 

We can c;heat ourseh'es but 
we cannot cheat Tiature. A cer- 

I,et. nu'ii 1m; t:ui-ht llieie is as | 
mu':h ri'.'jgion in die good, i'obn.Nt, ■ 
rejiii'-in;."., cMithiis'tiiStii! singing of i 
(,M>d":s piaise, !'-> i> the i.edi«tv and 
doleftii BCyItt tnct is usual. y .sr^U-d 
',he UK-' .If \-ot".t..n;d ; let ineni lcno\v 
tha'. thd ea; lies', prayer need n^t 

'he r di:'.\Uing ^' : ".ex. t.liem ! 
feel that good go>vol prea'-aing rnaj 
be ii. :. >-i-i,.,!'tly '.lelivery cf p.eas- tain amount of food is necessary 
ant jrurii- >. ■ ■• ■■■ :iii ii; a winning to a healthy body, but ifless than 
reciuii. . liiurn be- that auiount be furnished, decay 

Iiert- liiui. i..i^.i.M,,. .^a •ivetiiing, ooumienccs the verv hour. It 
tliat a is in ^'.mciiliv wiui tiie :;<■ • i ..i -i " 

■ . ...-'..• t. . . i.s the same witii .sIcct); any one 

ty. an.; u w.U oe -ater cjm-nended | ^^'^^0 persists m aliowm^' himself 

jto tlK-.r aece.t,an(,•..^ ' Icss than nature requires, -will 

.^e^iou^.less n^ it itiwavs ic char onlv hasten hi.s arrival at the 

acterize th-; ..i-'.tian. ]k\t seri- madhouse 01 the grave. H. 

ues.s, nidfuscnes-. 

n;lst III SUibiU 

r t'veii ill the so- 
briety that lirivc.-^ a\\:iy svniies and 

'thett-.ste for r;.ti .nai pii-asures. — 
lie is most >e.i"'u- win- o<'st briB*,s 

i an etir.iest, hci l,ii> , rejoicing n.i- 
ture to tiie oe !oini.iii..H' -d" his un'iy. 
Men are mo X. 'jrautitui.y bi'vious 
when trurhiul fenii.os are Xjiayiag on 

I their "dos, an., ^\'!en i.eir whole ■ row 

' coiuiteininces art; i/hieu v\j W;'.h a] 
benigntintj y 

An En'x^:iji.:xg Virtue. '!,'hcrc 
is no virtue that adiis so noble a 
charm to tl.e iinvst trait of beauty as 
that which exerts itself in w atching 
over the tranquility of an aged pa- 
rent- There are no tear.s that give 
so no-jie a lustre to the cheek of 
innocence a.-, tlio tears of ?iV.v.\ sor- 

_t ongli , thi-.-^!"ire, t-j b 

.he ef- 

lo/t ot mcles^io • ^./iiriolians to oass 

throu^d .lie «• . . 
' ligi,: •- -.J) :..i" :. . 
■ They i.u^hi 

judgments ■• 

ciieerily .lu'i 

marvelous uCikh s. 

y as to 

) Ua|ros 
'. win. 

e n):a&c -y 

■ ^ ,ou'ii_\ an.t 
■!y amifl their 

W'-i pass to a 

kingdom, out of si/.^ness and sorrow, 
wliero there will be no sorrow nor 

During a ct)ld, untimely snow- 
storm in April, I heard a little 
sparrow singing as sweetly as 
the true saint mav sin^; amidst 
tlie rudest storm of adversity, — 
'• God careth for me." 

The body, which is but its i^hell, 
perisheth, but the soul lives when it 
is fallen awav. 



Christian Familj'- Companion. 

Tyvome Ciiy, Pa., Jan. 19. I8C9. 
I'lie I''rospec!s. 

Our readers are aware that 
we proposed to continue to pub- 
lish our paper in its enlarged 
iorm if we could secure 3000 
-paying subscribers. In the last 
No. of volume 4 we said we 
would continue to issue a full 
sheet unless compelled to re- 
duce it liom lack of patronage ; 
by which we meant that we 
would even do it for less than 
3000 if we could afford it.— 
But we find that we shall be 
compelled to economize. Un- 
less a revival takes place among 
our patrons we shall not obtain 
the 3000 by several hundreds. 
In many places we have a large 
increase, while in others we 
have lost. This is almost al- 
to":ether attriuatable to the ef- 
forts of our agents, and friends. 
Of course there are places wliere 
there were other liinderances. 
One brother says he could over- 
come every other obstacle but 
the scarcity of money. We have 
reason to believe that money is 
scarce throughout the country ; 
and althoui^-h a dollar and a half 
is not a large amount we know 
that there are many good peo- 
ple in the United States who 
do not have so much for months 
and when they do get it, they 
have half a dozen places lor it, 
and hence there are only the 
most zealous who will bestow 
it upon the soul. We know a 
little about these things by ex- 
perience. We have been down 
the "valley ol poverty" just far 
enough to appreciate the circum- 
stances or the most needy ; and 
what we have failed to realize 
by experience, we apprehended 
through sympathy. 

But we are admonished that 

"charity should begin at home." 
However liberally we may feel 
disposed, we are hmlted by our 
means. Oar expenses must not 
exceed our income. If the lat- 
ter fails we must reduce the 
former as a natural consequence. 
Subscriptions are still being 
received doily, and we may yet 
attain the desired number. At 
all events we shall continue to 
publish the full sheet until we 
see certainly what our circula- 
tion will be. 

Those PrpmiMiMS. 

There appears lo be some 
misunderstanding regarding our 
offer of premiums. We offeied 
to a copy of Smiui's Bible Dic- 
tionary to the person sending 
us the largest nambec of sub- 
scribers. To the person send- 
ing the next list a copv 
of Companion, volume 3, neat- 
ly bound. Por the third laj-gest 
list a copy of ''Debate on Im- 
mersion." Some appear to 
have understood that we give 
these premiums to send a club 
of over 15 names. This we 
could not afford. AVe have two 
copies o{ the Dictionary, and 
felt willing to give it as a slight 
remuneration to the psrson who 
would be the most successful in 
laboring for our interests. And 
lest other successful competitors, 
who could nearly have Avon the 
first prize, should become dis- 
couraged, we offered several 
smallei' rewards. And Ave noAV 
offer to exchani^ethem. If\^ol- 
ume 3, bocind, is not AA'anted Ave 
Aviil send Hevisecl NeAV Testa- 
ment, Avorth $2,50 ; and if De- 
bate on Immersion is not want- 
ed Ave Avill send Nead's Theolo- 
gy or any other book in our 
office of about the same value. 

We have heretofore neglec- 
ted to state the time for closing 

I competition. We now give 
that time as the first of March 
next. This Avill give timely 
notice to all concerned. The 
highest now stand at 61, & 58; 
and each agent thinks he can 
add more names to his list. 


AA'm. K. MooRe, MimUiburg-, Pa. You liare 
already a crefiit of $1.50 ou Vol. 5 ; and now 
send 30 cents ?nd fay you T\-ould subscribe 
for til e full volume only that you expect to 
move. A\'hat (^o you moan by this ? 

Danipl S. Ckipe, Warsaw, Ind. AA'e have 
no account of hav'ng received a letter f>om 
you coutaiuing 01.50. li, is only a -svonder 
that the one befo.-e us ever n^ade the laDdin<^, 
wiih such an address. You sl!ou'd do yonr 
very best when you addrets a Ictiei-, and 
especia'ly ulien it contains money. 

G. W. Eurkhait, Nolo, Ps. You may send 
reci:;c with pt.i ticulai s, foi- inspection, and 
if found genuine, will iire.t cue vciir for 

D. H. LoDgeneekei', Kuobuoster, Mo. — 
Should btf please J to hear from you, fspuci- 
ally in regaid to the church, &c. 

B. ¥. Ketilei-, Nachusa, 111. Seventy -five 
ceni;s v/ill pay your indebtedness ou A''o;. 4. 


Correspondence of church news solicited from 
all parts of the Brotiherlioodi Writer^s name 
and address required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith. Rejected comnmni- 
eations or manuscri2'>t used, not ret^trned. All 
eommur.ications for publication should be writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only. 

To tlie wliieers, teachers and 

FrfejKls <>t ilie C'rowij St. G. 15. 

KabUalh School. 

Greeting? : — God having in great 
mercy permitted us to meet once 
again to celebrate the anniversarj 
of our Sabbath School, we beg leave 
to submit our very brief" report. — 
We feel a sense of deep and heave- 
felt gratitude to our Creator for the 
many blessings he has poured upon 
us dii.ring the j^ear past and gone. 
We find officers, teachers, and schol- 
ars living monuments of Cod's un- 
bounded love and mcrcj. None 
have passed to that bourne, from 
whence no traveler retui-us. We 
are all here on this side of the grave 
and never-cuding eternity. 

Number of scholars now attached 
to the school, as follow : !Males 
b(j. Females 75 ; Total 131 : Av- 
erage attendance ; 71. Admitted ; 
50. Stricken from roll ;o7. Iioy's 






1.48. Girls; 014. 
Total $25. 77. 

the good nianajjemcnt of our 
worthy Librarian, brother Eisenhow- 
er, we report the Liijrary in good 
order and very systematically ar- 
ranged, nuiubering 0-18 volumes, 
Tr:lh fair prospccus of adding 100 
aihiitional volume?, if we 
CAH raise the funds. 

We are glad to notice our teach- 
ers (with pcrliaps a few exceptions') 

interest '.o promote the oauic. 
True we labor under disadvantages, 
vctr\rding the progress of our little 
band, wJiich are oftimcs discoarac/- 
iit'/. The principal obstruction to 
our more perfect success we made 
mention of in our la^t annual re- 
port, nameij) , the gallaries in which 
we are obliged to assemble. Cut 
we cease to agitate it and think it 
unnecessary to do so, there being 
but little disposition, and no effort 
made by the Cuurch officers to fur- 
nish us with moie comfortable quar- 
ters. ' Althuui;^h discouraged, we 
will nut j^ive up in despa'r. and will 
hopefully look forward to the time, 
•when this congregatioiiw'll purchase 
a more convenientbuildijig in a more 
retired po'-tion of our city, where 
the walU of Zion may be built up; 
the gojpel light shine brighter and 
shed its glorious rays to all around. 
Before closing our report we wish 
to express our very humble thanks 
for the beautiful wreath of flowers 
TV r : '.•'.l to us bv the little girls of 
t':i- lu a'.it Class, m memory of little 

God grant their precious hearts 
may be joined with Christ: and may 


in the army of the Lord, soliciting ' 
men and women to enlist. The re- 
sult was, ninftecn young men and 
ivomcn came out frim amon^j the 
world and commenced their march 
under the bloodstained banner of 
.ving . esus. We hope that they 
will continue their march in such a 
manner that all men ma\ know rjho 
is their Captain. Although, while 
acting as soldiers in the kingdom of 
this world men are rei|Uired to use [ Havia w 

1ST OF MONEY'S received for siibscrip 
tio'i, boolvs, itc, since our last. 
T. J. Bi'avcr, liewisljtir-,', I'a. 
ITcnrv Ile'sliiiei'vcr, I'.looriy Tlun, P.i 
C. Deanloitr, Sliatiy Oiovc, P.i. 
J. Sludcbalvcr, SoiuU Ueiul, Tiid. 
Jos. Lon2;eneckcr. Union, Iowa 
Atirain Snmuiy, Rid'^evicw, Pa. 
John B. Rcploi;le, WooiU)criy, ''a 
S. S. Sliei-fy, Johnson's Dcpo*., Tcun 

Jolin L. Williams, Chainiiers'mr'^, 
Christian Shcllcr, N. Guill'ord, P.\ 
Geo. S. Mvcrs, Lewisiowa, Pa. 
A. J. Correll, Greenville, Tcun. 
A. M. .lis;, Clarence, N. Y. 
Elijah French, Orville, Pa, 

Dickorsou, North Bentl, Neb 

fest a warm desire and lively | the glittering sword of steel, when j 

they comtnence this warfare in the 
army of the Lord tiiey are required 
to vise a more powerful weapon, viz. 
the vord of God ; and in the king- 
dom of the world, mou who enlist in 
the a-my ave required to be clad in 
a peculia; suit of clothing in order 
that they may be known by each 
other, but the soldier of the cross 
must be known bv Love. 

Pnvceion, Ind. 

Brother D. H. Longenecker, 
Knobnoscer, Mo., under date of 
Jan. Gth, writes : "'The Church has 
inci eased pietty rapidly here. At 
the close of the war, I believe there 
were only six members ; now there 
are about ufiy. Some of these were 
added by baptism, but most of them 
had been members in other States." 




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We admit no poetrrj under any circumUan- 
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la Ji,col)'s crc> k branch, FavctI.e countv. 
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' 5 years, 2 monlhs aud 25 daj-s. 

pure and white as those fair flowers 
•f remembrance. 

J. S. THO>T A S^ Su2)t. 
Philadelpliiu, Pa. 

Brother Hohinjer ; I am happy 
to be able to say that we have had 
another series of meetings in this, 
Wa-'hington, branch, which resulted 
in much good. This little branch 
ha.? again been made to rejoice at 
seeing sinners come flocking home 
to Christ. Brother Jacob Cripe 

was with u.=; a-s a 



Abi;.\iiam Si;MMr. 
la tbe Yellow Creek Coi)i;vej;,;;iion, Ste- 
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I years aud 1 monih : leaving a kii)d co.npau- 
iou, (a sister) and '.I cbildicu, aud niime;ous 
friends t,o mourn for hiui. Occasion improved 
by brethreti C. Loa^ .aua R. Badger, f'om 

I Psalm 33 : 1—4. Allen 

I In the Howard L/..:).h, Howard countv. 

I lud., Dec. 29, 18G8, sister P1IEI5E, wife of 

j brother Peter MILLER ; afjed 51 years, 3 
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Number 4. 

?'or the Vqpipanion* 
Origin oftlie Beiieli. 

Lcttely, while on a mission of love thrnij<^h 
Uuuijliiu nad Lebanon counties, Pa., a broUier 
handed me a copy of the American Christian 
Kevikw , dated Dec. 'iOtli 1S68, published in 
Cincinnati, Ohio, in which an article under the 
above heading, written by W. C. Winter, which 
I was eailiestly requested by brethren to copy 
and send to the Companio/i for publication, as it 
may throw some light on the subject of anxious 
hcvch reUijinn. It speaks for itself: 

"I liave in my possession the "l^ife and La- 
bors of James Quinn," as published in 1851, by 
Joiin F. Wright. Mr. Quinn was born in Wash- 
ington Co., Pa., in 1775 ; was received into the 
itinerant ministry of tlie M. E. C'hurch in 1799, 
the year of the origin of "Camp-meetings" in 
America. Mr. Wright the biographer of Mr. 
Quinn, was also a distinguished minister in the 
same church. He says (pao:e '^Hn) "about 
time (1840) the question was agitated as t(f tlie 
distinguished individual wlio first introduced the 
practice of inviting penitent persons to the 
"mourner's bench." Without attempting to 
give liis own opinion upon the subject, 3Ir. 
Wright says, on the same page, "Hear Mr. 
Quinn on this subject;" and then makes the 
following quotation fromMr.Quinn's manuscript: 
"Something has been said, in a late number of 
the Christian Advocate and Journal.on the sub- 
ject of inviting mourners to the vacated seat, or 
railing around the communion table — for I dis- 
like the term altar, or altar for prayer, on such 
occasions. A Jew or Catholic may use that 
terra consistently with his faith on the subject 
of altar and sacrifice, but an enlightened protes- 
t;uit believer, when he thinks, speaks, sings, or 
worships, extends liis views beyond temples 
made with hands. Ijy faith he dwells on the 
scenes of Gethsemane and Calvary, and thence 
ascends with the ascending Captain of salvation 
— now made perfect through sufi'ering — to the 
right hand of the throne of the Majesty Eternal 
.in the heavens, joyfully exclaiming : "Wc hav.^ 

an altar of which they have no right to cat who 
serve the tabernacle," "But" says Mr. Quhnu 

"to rotuvn : Th-f -^vritri :?criii:3 lu lllialC thatJjOr- 

enzo Dow first introduced the prartice in 1802- 
3 ; but the first 1 ever sate or heard of it icaa in 
1795 or *6, at a wafc7i-night held dt the house of 
that mother in our hrael, tJie widow Mary Hen- 
thovi, near Uniontoicn, Pa. The person who 
conducted the meeting was that holy, heavenly 
minded man, Rev. Valentine Cook." Thus it ap- 
pears from the tcstimonyof Mr.Quinn (& Iknow 
of none more authentic,) the mourner's bench 
did not originate with Christ or his apostles ; 
nor ;;ct with eccentric Dow, but with that great 
champion of Methodism, Valentifre Cook. 

Although introduced in 1795 or '(), the practice 
did not generally prevail among Methodists for 
a number of years, as we also learn from Mr. 
Quinn. On page 120, in speaking of how the 
exercises of the early camp-meetings were con- 

ners^s henches, no anxious seats, in those dciyo_ 
nor ivere any invitations given to seekers of sah 
vat ion tojjersent th(:mfiflrr.<i for the prayers of 
the Church." 

Although Mr. Quinn, in later days sometimes 
tried the experiment himself, he bore testimony 
(page 207) that with it he had '■'■not alica'ys hecn 
sailed." And on the same page he expresses 
his doubts of its utility in these words : ■ " Wc 
may have- seen, as well as read ofsparlcs of our 
ov:n Idndling." , . ' 

S. ll.ZTO. 
Master sville, Pa. 


TiiK Girls. — Can we nqt — since, while the power 
of the world is with men, the influence lies with wo- 
men — can we not bring up cur girls more usefully, less 
showily, letf.s depecflcnt on luxury and wealth ? Can 
we not tciich them from babyhood that to labor is a 
higher thing than merely to enjoy ; that even enjoy 
ment itself is never so sweet as when it is earned ?— 
Can wo not put it into- their minds, •:vhatoTer be their 
station, principles of truth, simplicity of taste, hopoful 
ness, hatred of waste, and these being firmly rooted, 
trust to their blossoming up in whatever destiny the 
young maiden may bo called ? 



For the Companion. 
Tke bad Halt Crown. 

This bad half crown makes as trood and bri^^ht an 
appearance as the genuine, and yet it contains no sil- 
ver ; but there are few that detect it, and it will pass 
through many hands as pure coin. Finally it will fail 
into the hands of a judge, and by its ring on the coun- 
ter, he knows that it is spurious, or a hypocrite. He 
nails it upon his counter, determined that it shall go 

no funbui . 

Dear brethren and sisters ; there will be the end of 
all hypocrites, and of such that obey not God. They 
will at last be nailed down under the awful judgment 
of God. Now we look upon that half crown, a nail 
driven through it, fixed to one spot, and exposed to 
public condemnation. Every one sees that it is a de 
teeted hypocrite, and is exhibited there as a warning 
t® others. Now mark, such will be the end of all who 
make a profession of religion, but who have not Christ 
in their heart. Like that half crown they may deceive 
many for a time, but they cannot deceive God. That 
half crown may have passed through a good many 
hands before it was deteoted, but at last it f«ll into the 
hands of a judge, who knew that it was; not real ; and 
so he condemned it. God will at last ring, as it were, 
every professor on his counter — his judgment seat — 
and every one that is counterfeit, not real, will then be 
detected, condemned, and nailed to the place of judg- 
ment forever. So every time that we think of this bad 
half crown we should bo reminded of the awful end of 

thOSG » iiV <wi^ o Mot jrCgfcit irv liocALU >1 IbK OioU.* Un-^^^/l^^ 

««ok circumstances the heart must seek relief in pour- 
ing out its burning pent up love into the bosom of God. 
The icy indifference of the deceived, perishing sinner, 
forms a contrast to the genial, sustaining presence of 
God. Cast thy burden upon the Lord and he shall 
sustain thee. Let your requests bo made known to 
God, and the peace of God which passeth all under- 
standiag, shall keep your heai'ts and minds through 
Christ Jesus. 

Most in our day, and perhaps all, who read tliis, know 
that no man can stand approved before God in his own 
righteousness. He may have been, touching the out- 
ward letter of the law, blameless, but when tried by 
God's hand he will be found deficient, disapproved, and 
rejected. Eater not into judgment with thy servant, 
said David, for in thy sight shall no living man be jus- 
tified. "All our righteousness," says Isaiah, "is as 
filthy rags." These truths are absolute. We have not 
to wait till we reach the judgment seat to know God's 
estimate oi man's righteousness. It is something pecu- 
liarly offensiTe to him. Not only is it as rags com- 
pared with a perfect garment, but as filthy rags com- 
pared with the spotless white. Such a condition of 
aoul is most loathsome to the holiness of God, and must 
be judged by his righteousness. Woe, woe, eternal 
woe, must be the sinner's portion who appears before 
the judgment seat in such a state. Had scripture said 
all our wickednesses are as filthy rags, there might 

have been some hope for our righteousness, but when 
it says all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags, all 
hope is cut off. The best things we have or can be 
produced are totally rejected, as utterly unfit for God 
and for tho place of his holiness. Fair appearances 
there may be, and that which will pass among men as 
genuine enough for any one ; but God looks at the 
heart ; he has but one standard ; he looks for Christ ; 
he tests the heart's estimate by him. If that dear name 
hf found engraven on its tablets as its all in all, it will 
surely pass as the genuine current coin t>f the iccihu uf 
heaven. But oh where Christ is not tho stamp of the 
heart, all is utterly worthless to God. If he fills it not 
it must be empty indeed, whatever else may be in it. — 
If there be no Christ in the heart there can be no par- 
don, no peace, no salvation, no eternal life. It re- 
mains and all its direful and never-ending consequen- 
ces. What v/ill, and what can God say to a 
Christless soul at the judgment seat ? "Depart from 
me ye cursed into everlasting fire, prepared for the 
devil and hia angels." ^latt. 25 : 41. This must be 
the fearful and inevitable doom of all who live and die 
without a persoiial interest in Christ, whatever their 
appearances or professions may have been in this 
world Nothing but the blood of Christ can save «s soul 
from the lake of fire ; nothing but the preciousness of 
Christ can stamp a soul for the rank of heaven. His 
precious blood alone cleanseth from all sin, and he 
himself is the "righteousness of God iu every one that 
believeth." Eph. 1: T, Kom. 10: 13. 


Helping Children to l^ie. 

That lying is bound up in the heart of children it 
would not become me to deny. But certainly it is of- 
ten untied. Indeed, there are few children who will 
not tell lies — the testimony of their parents to the con- 
trary notwithstanding. But of two facts I am reason 
ably sure. First, that children's falsehoods are often as 
much their parent's as their own ; and secondly, that 
children do not lie as much as giown-up people do, and 
seem to do so only from the want of skill and practice. 
Lies are instruments of attack or defense, and so may 
be classed as oSensive or defensive. Children's lies 
are almost always defensive, and for the most part are 
employed in defending themselves against parents, 
nurses, brothers, and sisters, and schoolmasters. Be- 
ing weak and helpless, concealment is in their case, 
as in the animal kingdom, the only means of defense. 
Children's lies are in multitudes of instances mere at- 
tempts to hide themselves from the sharper censure oi 
sharper whipping. 

Take a case from life. Master Henry is sent to the 
mill one day in winter, but with strict injunctions not 
to stop and skate. But the pond is so inviting, and the 
boys are so merry, they so persuasively coax him, that 
it is not in his social little heart to refuse. Of course 
he skates longer than he intended. On reaching home 
he 13 questioned ; 



"Why have vou b«en so long, Harry ?'' ^ < 

"0, the grisC was not ground, and I had to wait. 
''Did you go on the pond ?" 
"No, sir, I didu't." ■,.„,. 

Here is a pretty tangle of lic^ . 1 l.c- ol i gentleman I 
runs hi^ hind into the bag, and finds the meal stone ) 
cold, lie ride? over to the mill to irquire about mat- j 
ters ; nnd finds that the grist was ground the day be- ; 
fore ; he rides h:>ind Rud calls up the urchin, who knows | 
that a .'li-^t is to be ground that will be hot enough.— ' 
Here ;fdi.obeJicncc firat ; thcu a lie ; and then upon ■ 
cross miest.oniMg, a second lie, explanatory and di.^- 
pensorv of th? first. Of course pnnishmert was earned 
and deserved. But the boy did not lio because ho 
liked to, or because he was indift'eront t^. the truth. — 
He was suborned by fear. Ho shrank from punish- 
ment, and tried to hide behind a lie. Tao refuge 
pr.n ed tcacherouo, as it ought to have done. 

But, now is there no lesson to parents in thli thing ? 
Shall they hastily place their children between ?uch 
unequal motives a" conscience and fears. The lower 
iv.srincts in children are relatively far stronger than 
moral sentiment. Conscience is weak and unpractic 
ed, whil'-' fear is powerful, aud, at times, literally irre- 
.•,isuble. Tiie fear of pain, liic fear of shame, the fear 
of ridicule drives .-hildron into falsehood. Those who 
govern them might at least remember how it was in 
their own cases, and so manage as to help conscience 
Of^ainst fear, rather than by threats and stortiness make 
the temptation irresistible. 

Children are very delicate iiijtrumcnts. Their 
miuds are undeveloped, ungoverned, and acutely sen- 
sitive. Men play upon them as if they w^-re tough as 
drums, and, like'drums, they w?re made for beating. 
Thev are to be more than blamed. One in sympathy 
with their little souls will lead them along safely amid 
the temptations to falsehood, where a rude and impet- 
uous nature will plunge them headlong into wrong. — 
The one clement of real manhood, above all others, is 
truth. A child should not be left to learn how to be 
true, how to re.<i?t temptations, how to give judgment 
in favor of right and virtue. Here is the very place 
where help is needed — patience, sympathy, counsel, 
encnraeement. Instead of those, the one m'<tiva, too 
often, i<»"the whip 1 — Bctcher. 

For Ihs Conipcuilon,. 
>l| ske have wawbed tbcKalntK' Feet." 

such an age as the Apostle speaks of have eva- 
ded iootwashing. The only way that I can see 
would have been never to have been present on 
such occasions ; but the way the brethren prac- 
tice it now, she may have been present on many 
such occasions and never have washed her sis- 
ters' feet, and consequently .she had not done 
her duty ; as we understand the Apostle that 

slie mn«t waeh foct before she can be supported 

by the church. 

" I do not understand the scriptures that it is 
necessary that every brother and sister should 
wash on every such occasion, but I think the 
scripture teaches that we should seek opportuni- 
ties to do good and if we seek we shall finJ. — 
So if a brother or sister has been connected with 
the Church any length of time and has not wash- 
ed they have not sought for an opportunity, and 
therefore it is their own neglect. 

I hope the brethren will be able to get the 
ideas I have been hinting at. 

Yours in christian love, 

I Nt'ic JlajJCi 111. 

I .Carrying in the liOrd. 

' While persuing the pages of Cuuiiianion, 

! (volume five number first.) I noticed a certain 

query thereon that attracted my attention. 

which was as follows "Since Paul teaches in 

1st Cor. 7th chapter 39th verse that the wife is 

bound by the law as long as her husband livetli, 

but if her husband be dead she is at liberty to 

marry whom she will, only in the Lord." The 

question seems to be what is a marriage in the 

Lord \ All marriages are in the Lord, when 

I the interests, affections, and feelings of both 

I sexes happily coincide ; and the negative of the 

I above assertion which are for instance riches, 

I avariciousness, carnal pleasure and appetite, 

marriage of relations, &c., are out of the Lord. 

j Yours truly. 


These words are ibund in the lOth verse of 
the oth chapter of Paul's 1st letter to Timothy. 

There has been much said about feetwashing 
of lute, through the Companion, and I do not 
wish to agitate the subject, but only wish to 
give a thought on the above sciipture. If the 

apostles would have practiced lcctwa?hing by j that single lesson, to be careful for nothing,, but 
one washing and wiping, and that only one as 
some bit-Uiren dt>»tend, kcfw (^tJa the "^idoV d" 

Goshen, Ltd, 

Consult duty, not events. We have nothing 
to do but to mind our duty. Oh how quiet, as 
well as holy, woidd our lives be, had we learned 

to do our duty, and leave all consecjuences to 



lor tlvR Companion. 
"It need Be." 1 Pet. 1 : 6. 


This incomprehensible "if" was a condition 
in all Christ's doings for us, and is no less so in 
all his dealings with us. "It is not for us to 
know the times or the seasons," and just as lit- 
tle to know the means and the modes. It is not 
necessary to see the purport of the Divine pro- 
cedure, nor know more than this, "So if seemeth 
good in Thy sight. ^^ Whether we are on the 
Mount of Transfiguration, entranced with "The 
Excellent Glory," or in stripes and chains, there 
is a "need be." If we are "called according to 
his purpose," "all things will work together for 
our good." The love of God keeps us in the 
purpose of God, and the wheel within a wheel 
in the Divine Providence will revolve in our in- 
terest no less than in that of the Great First 
Cause, and every revolution will promote our 
meetness for Heaven as it advances the purpose 
of Infinite Wisdom and Highteousness. We 
are not endowed with the judgment requisite to 
the selection of what is best, nor with the skill 
to determine the issues of such causes and agen- 
cies that are essential to our transformation into 
the image of him whose life is bliss and whose 
Presence is Heaven ; but we are endowed with 
a sense of right, and power to choose it, and 
faith to believe in the rectitude, power and faith- 
fulness of him who hath promised. Where the 
knowledge of right is poised by an enlightened 
conscience, and this supported by a Heaven-di- 
rected will, and the whole buttressed by faith 
in God, it matters not how smarting our chas- 
tisements, or how impenetrable the mystery that 
veils God's dealings, we are swaying in the di- 
rection of our "call," and that is "according to 
the purpose" of God,which leaves us ever free to 
sing our midnight har'uonies, with streaming 
eyes it may be, but "with joy unspeakable," 
"when neither moon nor stars in many days 
appear." "What I do thou knowest not now ; 
but thou shalt know hereafter," is spoken to 
to everybeliever as emphatically as it was to the 
dictating disciple. To God there is nothing 
mysterious, nothing inscrutable ; "but all things 
are naked to the eyes of him with whom we 
have to do." A profound and awful mystery 
himself, he would have us no more stumble at 
mystery in his ways and piirposes, thg-ii in tis 

Infinite Being. "Ye believe in God, beUeve al- 
so in Me," is meant to complement the comfor- 
ting admonition, "Let not your heart be troub- 
led," and thus "increase our faith" so as to take 
in, without wavering or questioning, the dark 
and perplexing in God's dealings with us as in- 
dividuals, as we do the inscrutable in God's 
Eternity. If we believe in God, as one who 
cannot err, and who notes every falling hair, 
and who cannot be surprised by any event small 
or great, — if we believe this, not simply with 
the intellect, but with a vital unity of the life of 
Deity, we will also believe in Christ, the mani- 
fested God, who had, for one object of his incar- 
nation, the settlement of the mind in "peace that 
passeth all understanding," through faith, in cir- 
cumstances which to the most towering intellect 
seem full of contradition, confusion, and incon- 
gruity. The Cross of Christ was to "the Jews 
a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolish- 
ness," because to the minds of both, the incarna- 
tion of God, and the crucifixion of the God-man 
were not only above reason, but a manifest con- 
tradiction, of it. So incomprehensible a mystery 
reason cannot suggest, nor compass when reveal- 
ed; but faith has no more trouble in dealing 
with it, than has a child with the announce- 
ment that it is the parents purpose to present it 
with a toy. If we would not practically ques- 
tion the faithfulness and omnipotence of God, 
and the reality of very God manifest in the flesh 
let us not be unbelieving in the matter of our 
Heavenly Father's dealings with us, however 
painful, and however dark and spectral the shad- 
ow that lies on the spirit. There is a "need 
be," God knows all its complications, its ten- 
dencies, and how to meet it, and we may rest 
assured that he will not give us one stroke of 
the rod more than our case requires. If our ach- 
ing hearts are forced to exclaim, "Thy judgments 
are a great deep," let us bear in mind that they 
all come from his tender hand in the vehicle of 
a deeper love. When he sees the objective 
condition of chastisement, "i/ need he" we may 
confidently rely on the subjection of a sanctify- 
ing administration of the necessary corrective, 
"j4« many as I LOVE." 

If we could shape every thing according to 
to our wishes, wc would utterly perish in our 
own corruption. Without a yoking to the Om- 
nipotent Will, our tendency is downvrard und 



dur destiny endless niin, as inevitably' as dews 
fall and sparks rise. The evidence of Divine 
sonship lies in imreserved subjection to the Di- 
vine counsels, "Not as I will, but as Thou 
wilt," is the detinition of true discipleship. To 
confer with flesh and blood is virtually saying, 
"get Thou behind me, Jesus." When Jacob 
was bereaveil of his children, he uttered the 
heart-broken plaint, ''all f/w'^e t/n'ngs are againsf 
me," not dreaming of the possibility that the de- 
stiuction of his peace was caused by events that 
were the ground-work, in a sense, of his future 
sustenance, and the instrument of the Divine 
purpose in the exaltation of Israel. If we trust- 
ed God as we might and should, we would reap 
our most golden harvests of joy from fields that 
are barren to reason, have the loftiest reach of 
wisdom where mystery presses us on all sides, 
and be most consciously secure where the pouI 
can touch no support but what may be grasped 
by simple faith. God's "ways are past finding 
out," and the perplexity arising from this fact is 
generally owing to the officiousness of reason, 
robbing us in a measure, if not entirely, of the 
beatitude which God designs as the home-ele- 
ment of the soul through trust. "There is none 
good but God," and "the Judge of all the earth 
must do right," and if we believe this, and are 
consciously and persistently bent on such a life 
as alloicft us to believe it, we may repeat the 
strain of David's lyre : '■'though a host should em- 
camp arja'imt me, my heart shall not fear ; though 
war should rlxe against me, in this v:iU I he con- 
fident" Ps. 27 : 3. It is as true now, and as 
inspiriting to the weary, burdened heart, as in 
the days of the "Sweet Psalmist of Israel," "/yi 
the tim>' n/ trouble He shall hide me in His Pa- 
vilion : in the secret of His Tabernacle shall He 
hide vu ; He sh'dl xet me upon a roclc." 27 : 5. 
So slow of heart are we to believe, and so full 
of the subtile poison of self, that we should be 
thankful for any providence that makes us aware 
of its existence and power. Heaven is a man- 
sion tor C!hrist-knowing and self-knowing souls 
only, and we know Christ only by having our 
eyes opened to the woeful fact of our degrada- 
tion and impotence ; and here afflictions, disap- 
pointments, breakings of heart, and lacerations 
of spirit, come in with their gracious mission, 
grasping our whole being as with holy vio- 
lence, and whirling us round as by compulsion 

and yet with ultimate consent of the will, setting 
us thus in the liberty and peace of God by sha- 
king and scourging us out of ourselves. Such 
discipline is certainly not in itself joyous but 
grievous, yet it has, in its aims, untold compen- 
sating joys, and covers the soul with the verdure 
of the Evergreen Realms, and loads it with "the 
peaceable Iruits of righteousness." 

That we are overwhelmed, and see no outlet 
from the impenetrable gloom and threatening 
clouds that envelop us, is no evidence that God 
is not tossing us with His own winds and waves 
nearer Himself. When He bids us launch out 
upon the deep, and sends the tempest after us, 
He may well rebuke our waiit of faith if we fail 
to recognize His voice amid the raging elements. 
When He withers our gourd. He has a momen- 
tous lesson to impress, without which we would 
have less of the Godlike in our character. " Thai 
ice migld be partakers of His holiness," is the 
ultimate end of all the milling, and grinding, and 
emptying, and probing, and purging and pru- 
ning through which we pass imder His hand 
while on probation. Jeremiah had to wear a 
wooden yoke around his own neck to intimate 
the approaching bondage of Israel under the 
king of Babylon, and "Isaiah walked naked and 
barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon 
Eg)i)t and Ethiopia." Jer. 27: 2. Is. 20 : 3. 
So God may lay burdens on us whose chief sig- 
rdficance is in relation to others, while the bene- 
fit we derive from them is no less than if their 
end and meaning were wholly restricted to our- 
selves. "None of us liveth to himself, and no 
man dieth to himself;" and we may add, none 
suffereth to himself "In our flesh dwelleth no 
good thing," and nothing but the furnace of af- 
fliction, in some form, will do for a smelting- 
place, and nothing but the blessed alchemy of 
God can transmute us into gold for the garnish- 
ment of his Heavenly Temple. "Oidy believe." 
Here is the secret of tranquillity in every scene 
of trial and sorrow. I^et us be sorry for nothing 
that wounds our pride, and humbles the domi- 
nant desire to be somewhat, but let us glory in 
whatever brings us nearer that altitude of grace 
that blessed elevation in God, which enables us 
to say, "I am determined not to know any thing 
save Jesus Christ, and him crucified" 

Union Deposit, Pa, 



For the Companion. 
- Onr Hearenly Fatlier's care Ibr his Children. 

Ye are of more valne than many sparrows. Luke l!i : 7. 

■ When our blessed Savior was amons: men 
and orally teaching them the way of salvation, 
he brought to light many beautifully Divine i 
truths by natural parables ; that is, illustrating 
something Divine by comparing it with some 
natural process of operation, or some event or 
occurrence, which could easily be understood by 
those to whom he spoke, or by us as it is record- 
ed on the pages of the New Testament. It is 
generally easy for us to comprehend natural ex- 
emplifications. The Divine impress upon the 
soul is so much obliterated by sin that our spir- 
itual comprehension is not only limited, but slow 
to make the right kind of progress. It is often 
the case, that instead of counting our compre- 
hension and understanding limited in extent, 
and fallible in conclusion, we tenaciously and 
even obstinately contend with those with whom 
all things else declare we should be of "the same 
mind," and upon subjects on which all the fol- 
lowers of the Lamb should be of "the same judg- 
ment," '''Behold how good and how pleasant it 
is for brethren to dwell together in unity!" So 
says the Psalmist. And what is m.ore to be de- 
sired than unity? What can more aptly and 
beautifully represent the nature of the Holy 
Trinity than the union of Gospel believers f. If 
vre are foUoAvers of Christ, v/e are God's dear 
children. He cares for us ; and O how warm, 
and long-suffering is his care for us ! We are 
bought with blood — "the precious blood of 
Christ." We belong to God, and to one anoth- 
er, hence we should care for one another. In 
all that we do, we should guard against offend- 
ing the least of Christ's disciples, for "he is not 
ashamed to call them Brethren." We should 
seek the welfare of one another, and endeavor to 
build each other up, in faith and love, in holi- 
ness and godliness, and in unity and consisten- 
cy. X-'"''^ 

"Ye ate "of more value than many sparrows," 
is the Redeemer's valuation of those who fear 
God and keep his commandments. The Elect 
of God are held in the highest possible estima- 
tion by their Heavenly Father. If the sparrows 
and ravens which live in the air are not forgot- 
ten before God, surely he will not forget them 
who trust in him. And if the lilies of the field 
which are but for a day, are clothed by the Om- 

nipotent Hand with an array of beauty exceed- 
ing that of Solomon in all his glory, will not 
your Master, O ye of little faith, support and 
nourish you even in seasons of the most crushing 
adversity ] Ye are of more value than sparrows 
or ravens or lilies. These are God's creation, 
and they answer creation's design, but are not 
the noblest of God's work. As map, was the 
last of the work of creation, so is he the great- 
est and most superior. Of all the orders of crea- 
ted things, man is the highest. "When the 
morning stars sang together," and the echo of 
their joyous song echoed along and over the 
newly-created world, man was as the angels, 
pure and perfect before God. And we this day 
are man's offspring. We are God's by crea- 
tion ; but from the beginning, "all have sinned 
and come short of the glory of God ;" but we 
should rejoice that "when we were yet without 
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungod- 
ly." This is he who was promised as the migh- 
ty Deliverer to deliver us, and all who have 
sinned, from the bondage of sin ; and he is the 
effectual Restorer to restore us to the state of 
holy purity before God. "Ye are clean through 
the Word which I have spoken unto you. — 
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch can- 
not bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the 
vine: no more can ye, exce/?^ ?/e ahide in me." 
From this it is apparent that we can depart from 
him, or become dead branches. Abide in him, 
O ye who have vowed allegiance to the Truth. 
Obey and defend God's comm.andments, and 
bring every thought, word, and action, into "the 
obedience of Christ," and he will lead you in the 
narrow path of his own treading, from which 
you will observe Avonderful things. If ye cast 
all your care upon him, he will care for you 
abundantly, "for ye are of more value than 
many sparrows." And yet he careth for these. 
If God thus cares for his unintelligent creatures 
which naturally depend upon his arrangements 
lor their sustenance, much more will he care for 
his intelligent creatures that trust in him. Take 
courage, ye fainting ones. Do you struggle 
with temporal difficulties'? trust you Heavenly 
Father, for he has promised assistance. Do you 
hunger for bread that satisfieth the souH seek 
"the bread of God." John 6 : 33. 


, Uyrone, Pa. 



For ih» Companion. 

Thfi double mode of practiiin^ tiiis ordinance is some- 
times defended upon the ground, that the use of the 
rowel was not intended by Christ to be a part of the 
rit», but, that it is merely a natural cou.'^eijueucc of 
washing, and therefore not bindinj; upou the church. 
Do the brethren, who uie this aigument, not perceive 
that they are thereby conceding the point at issue to 
those who practiio the tingle mode ? and, that tho mat- 
ter is thus narrowed down to the question, whether wi- 
riin<» is, or is not, a part of this ordinance ? Admit- 
ting, for a moment, th".t the use ot the towel is not 
made binding by tho teaching of the Master, illustrated 
by his "example," why does the brother who wipes 
(/ird himself iu imitation of the Savior ? Why not 
merely take a towel and perform the act, or, hand it 
to each brother, who has had his feet washed, and lot 
him use it himself? Either of these method.^ would be 
as convenient ; certainly more consistent; because, if 
wiping is not a constituent part of the ordinance, nei- 
ther is girding with a towel. The words of the Lord 
.lesas, howtver, not on'y make it clear that the use of 
the towel is included in tliis rite ; but, that he intended 
Feet-Washing should be practised strictly in accord- 
ance with his precept and ejfamph. Let us turn to 
"the law and testimony," and copy the loth, 1-lth, 
loth, IGth and 17th verses of tho 13th chapter of the 
(iospel according to St. John : 

'•Ye call me Master and Lord, and ye say well for 
80 I am. If I then your Lord and Master have washed 
your tect, ye also ought to Kash one another's feet ; 
(for I have given you an example that yc should do as 
I have, done to ^•».) Verily, verily I say unto you, 
the servant is not greater than his Lord ; neither he 
that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know 
these thing, happy are ye if ye do them." 

I have placed the language of the 1.5th verse in 
brackets, so that it may be easily omitted in reading ; 
and. also emphasized, to show more clearly its impor- 
tance. If the Savior had not intended his example 
siiould be implicitly followed, why interpolate the com- 
mand with the strong and explicit injunction to that ef- 
fect, Cv>ntainfd in that verse? Ivi the language past: 

"He never once spake unadvisedly with his lips.'' — 
Umit the 15th verse, and he plainly institutes Feet 
Washing in the remainder of the passage copied, but 
not the mode, including the use of the towell, with that 
lucid distinctness, which wa> hU purport- ; and, I'^hich 
cannot be misunderstood. 

The "example" of Christ consists in what he did to 
hi» diicifden, which was the two-fold act of washing and 
wiping their feet ; for he says, *'i> > us I have done to 
tfou." lie did not gird them, or pour water upon 
their feet ; hence girding with a towel and pourio" 
water into a vessel, are not parts of the ordinance, but 
preparatory acts. The unavoidable aiid logical oon- j 
elusions therefore, as stated, resulting from an exami j 
nation of this passage of scripture, are, that wipiu'^ ii ! 

a constituent part of the ordinance in question, and that 
to obey tho com mand of Christ, to fol'ow his "exam- 
ple," and to adaiiuister this rite to "one another," the 
»amc one who washes hii brother's feet 7/im8^ also wipe 

In a dialogue lately published in the Companion it is 
assumed, that because Christ used two members, both 
the hands of his physical body to wash his disciples' 
feet, he intended to signify that two members of his 
mystical bvidy, the church, should be engaged in the 
administration of this ordinance. It is not easy to con- 
ceive, how he could have washod teet with one hand, 
if it hnd been his purpose, by the same method, to es- 
tablish the single mode. He did, however, not by an 
unexplained device, but by the distinct words one an- 
other, institute that mode, and would, no doubt, havo 
ordained the double mode, in equally unmistakable 
language, if it had been in accordance with the Divine 

These things have been written, not in a spirit of 
controversy, but at the request of some of the breth- 
ren, in defence of the contiguous churches at German- 
town, Philadelphia, Upper Dublin ai.d Pino Run ; and 
of all others that practice the single mode of Feet 
Washing. The truth will not suffer in the light of free 
discussion, conducted in a forbearing. Christian spirit, 
for "the light maketh manifest." The apostle exhorts 
us to "contend earnestly for the Faith once delivered 
to the saints." We believe we are acting consistently 
with this exhortation in defending our practice in this 
matter, and we know we "keep this orflinance, as the 
brethren, who have long since gone to their rewards, 
delivered it to us." All the records on this point, 
which are in existence, from the earliest settlement at 
• lermuntown, prove this ; and we have living witnesses 
in sister Douglas and others, who remember distinctly 
that, when they were children, they saw Alexander 
Mack, and the brethren of his day, admiaister Feet 
Washing by the single mode. 

The motto of the brethren in regard to this differ- 
ence of practice of the ordinance of Feet Washing, has 
generally hitherto been mutual forbearance. It is to 
be hoped that the exercise of this blessed Christian 
virtue may continue ; for, if intolerance should take 
its place, there can be but one result, from which may 
the Lord in his mercy preserve the Brotherhood. 


rhihtddphia. Fa. 

The Lord takes pleasure in those who fear him. — 
They rest in his love, they arc his children, and as 
their persons, so their services are accepted in the be- 
loved ; their prayer is his delight, and their aims arc 
the odor of a sweet smell ; he vie-^s their motives, and 
passes by their mistakes ; he regards their wishes and 
desires, and eays in their failures, "It is well that it 
was in thine heart." 

Fear God, and keep his commandmeats. 



\ Jesus and Moses. ! 'Moses spake & God aii- 

*'The Lord thy Grod will raise up unto thee a Pro- ' swered by a voice." Ex. 
phet from the mid^t ol thee, of thy brethren, like unto 
ine ; unto him ye shall hearken."' Dent. 18 : 15. 

Moses. j .jesus. 

And rharoh charecd 1 "Then Herod, when he 

Jill his people, saying: '"Ev- 
ery son that is born ye 
shall cast into the river." 
Ex. 1: 22. 

"And the woman conceiv- 
ed and bare a son ; and 
v/hen she saw him that he 
was a goodly child she hid 
him three months." Ex. 2:2 
"Moses when he came to 
years, refused to be called 
the son of J'haroh's daugh- 
ter ; choosing rather to 
suffer affliction with the peo- 
ple of God." Heb. 11:24,25 
"Who mad-i thee a prince 
and a judge over us ? Ex. 

"Now the man Moses 
was very meek, above all 
men which were upon the 
face of the earth." Num. 

"And Aaron spake all 
the words which the Lord 
hai spoken unto Moses, 
and did the signs in the 
sight of the people. And 
the people believed. Ex. 
4 : 30. 

" And Moses stretched 
forth his handover the sea, 
and the sea returned to his 
strength when the mor^iing 
appeared. Ex. 14 : 27. 

"And behold Miriam be- 
came leprous, white as snow. 
And [Moses cried unto the 
Lord saying, Heal her 
now, God T beseech thee. 
Num. 12:10—13. 

"And Moses made a ser- 
pent of brass, and put it 
upon a pole, and it came 
to pass, that it" a serpent had 
bitten any manjvrhen he be- 
held the serpent of brass he 
lived." Num. 21 : 9. 

"And he was there ■«\ith 
the Lord forty days, and 
forty nights, he did neither 
eat bread nor drink water 
Ex. 34 : 28. 

saw that he was mocked of 
the wise men, was exceed- 
ing wroth, and sent forth 
and slew all the children 


"I stood between the 
Lord and you at that time, 
to shew you the word of 
the Lord." Deut. 6 : 5. 

"I prayed thereforeunto 
the Lord, and said, Lord 
God destrov not thv neonle 

that were in Bethlehem and and thine inheritance which 

tnou hast redeemed ihrough 
thv ^ireati ess. l)eut. 9:26 

in all the coast thereof." 
Matt. 2:16. 

''When he arose, he took 
the young child and his ; 
mother by night and depar- 
ted into Egypt." Matt. 2:14 ; 

"Bat made himself of no 
reputation, and took upon 
him the form of a servant." 
Phil. 2: 7. ' 

"By what authority doest 

"And when ho had fasted 
forty days and forty nights, 
he was afterwards an hun- 
gered. Matt. 4:2. 

"Father glorify thy name; 
Then came there a voice 
froin heaven, saying, I have 
both glorified it, and will 
glorify it again. John 12:28 

'■•Eor there is one God 
and one m.ediator between 
God and men, the man 
Christ Jesus. 1 Tim. 2 : 5. 

"Then said Jesus: Fath- 
er, forgive them ; for they 
know not what thev do. — 
Luke 23 : 84. 


Fn7iJc.'<fowu, 3Id. 

A €i»y I>fStj-05 cd by a Storm. 

The city of Almos. situated in the southern portion 
thou these things, and who ' of the State of Sonora, has been swept out of existence 
gave thee thy authority ?" i by a fierce storm oecuring on the 15th of November 
Matt. 21: 23. I and lasting until the 18th. A private letter from an 

"Take youm^- yoke, and ' American gentleman, gives the following particulars : 
learn of me, fori am meek "You ha\e have heard ere this that the city of Al- 
and lowly in heart." Matt, j mos is in ruins. On the 15th it commenced to rain 
11 : 29. and continued to increase in violence until the evening 

"Now vrliiii he was in .Je- of the 18th. Luring its continuance it appeared i>s if 
rusalem at the passovcr, in no huaian being could live within its reach. The Al- 
thefeastday many believed mos River was swollen to a great height, ajid in its 
in his name, when they saw I wild, headlong course carried everything before it 

the miracles which he did." 
John 2 : 23. 

"And he arose and re- 
buked the wind, and said 
unto the sea, Peace, be still. 
And the wind ceased and 
there was a great cnlm.'' 
Ma. 4 : 39. 

"And there came a leper 
to him, beseeching him, aad 
kneeling down to him, and 
saying unto him, If thou 
Avilt thou canst make me 
clean. And Jesus moved 
with compassion, put forth 
his hand and touched him 
& saith un to hira, I will : be 
thou clean. Ma. 1:40,41. 

"And as Moses lifted up 
the serpent in the wilder- 
ness, even so must the son 
of man be lifted up. That 
vvhosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have 
eternal life." John 3 : 

1 14, 15. 

Houses were swept away like so many straws, and 
whole blocks of buildings were thrown down hke so 
many rotten trees. 

The wind was no less terrible than the water. — 
Houses were unroofed and blown to shatters, tiles and 
like material were scattered through the air like chaff, 
and trees were uprooted as if they had been corn- 
stalks. The best part of the city is totally destroyed. 
The loss of life has been quite large. Sixty dead bod- 
ies have been picked up, some of them mnngled fear- 
fully, and could scarcely be recognized. Many of the 
bodies were found miles down the river. Undoubtedly 
the number found will be largely increased by other 
untortunate ones. I have written to you these few 
lines hurriedly, but do not attempt to describe or ex- 
plain this extraordinarv phenomenon of seventy two 
hours' whirlwind and deluge. 

The ruined city of AIpjos was the Athers of North- 
western Mexico. Its women were reputed to be the 
loveliest and most intelligent throughout the republic, 
and it citizens were highly spoken of as contrasted 
with of other populations. There was a great 
deal of wealth, refinement and luxury among the better 
classes. It was a sort of sanctified Jerusalem, where 
the proud t^panish blood and brain held ascendancy, 
and would not be poisoned by Indian and Negro mix 



tures. AIaio3 as a city, had fame before the great 
metropolis of New York was known. It is old among 
the many ol 1 towns of Mexico. Surrounding it have 
been some of the richest mines in the w^orld, and from 
which the city had its chi'?f support. At the time of 
its destruction it had a population of 7,000 souls, 
though geographical dictionaries place the nuirbor at 
10,000, v,\\\c\\ is at lea:-t 3,000 too many. Unhtppi- 
ly for its people, the luunber is lessened through a 
terrible misfortune, and the city of Poplar Groves hns 
fallen to the d-ist (even as man falls) in its strength." 
X 1'. Ihrald. 

For the Comjyauinn. 
•*Tho I'uparilouable Sin.*' 

As several of our dear brethren have favored the 
readers of the Companion with their views of the- un- 
pardonable sin, and in perusing them I felt inwardly 
moved to give publicity to the sentiments I entertain 
concerning tlie matter ; trusting that fraternal affec- 
tion may thereby become confirmed, and truth exem- 
plified. I understand them to say that all sins wilfully 
committed after regeneration are unpardonable, which 
in my estimation is a little ahead of scripture, which 
explicitly declares, '"All manner of sin and b'asphemy 
shall be forgiven unto men. And whosoever shall 
speak a word against tho Sou of man, it shall be for- 
given him ; but whosoever speaketh against tho Holy 
(jrhost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this 
world, nor in that which is to come." 

The above passage I consider sufficient proof that 
but one tin is unpanlonable and which also may be 
committed by any one, whether believer or skeptic, for 
mark the expression, whosoever ! consequently this 
convictiou forces itself upon my mind that if we were 
eye-witnesses to some special work of God's Spirit 
•■ the children of men convincing them of right- 
- and of a judgment, and would, after due time, 
take up his abode in their hearts, purify them, and as- 
sure them of pardon and acceptance, and we through 
malignity of spirit, would ascribe such a work of f race 
to BeeiMebub, the prince of the devils, as did those in- 
veterate Jews, and which drew from the Son of God 
nn denunciati jn : "Whosoever shall blaspheme 
:he H.ily (ihjst hath never forgiveness but is 
in danger of eternal damnation. Because they said he 
hath an andean spirit," we too would become guiU.v of 
the unpardonable sin. But as long ag we believe' in 
tho Divine mission of the Son of God, we will have but 
little inclination to blaspheme his wonderworking' 
pjwer; and th<:>ugh we should apostatize until we b" 
c jme lukewarm, wretched, miserable, j)oor, blind and 
naked, there would still be an abundant pardon, for 
what saith the Spirit to such an one '{ "I counsel thee . 
to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayst be 
rich ; and white raiment, that thou mayst be c'othed, 
occ." For "Behold, I stand at the door and knock.— 
If any man hear my voice." And do you not learn it 
ye doubting ones who are troubled from day to day on ' 

account of having committed tho unpardonable sin ; 
hear His voice to day ; open the door of your hearts ; 
admit this heavenly guest and enjoy his feast of love ; 
and your doubts and fears will soon take wings and fly 

I have now given my honest couvictions conctrning 
the matter in question, permit me therefore in conclu- 
sion, to say a word in reference to the oft quote I pas- 
sage in Hebrews which says, '"For it is impossible for 
those who were once enlightened, &c., if they shall 
fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, see- 
ing they crucify to themselves the Son o*" God afresh, 
and put him to an open shame. Now said passage, I 
think, has no reference at all to a backsliding soul, in 
the common view^ though it may sin grievously as did 
King David, or be joined to his idols as was Ephraim ; 
yet the Divine message to such is, "I also have put thy 
sin away ; I will surely have mercy upon thee." But 
they (the characters in the text) publicly renounced 
Christ and put him to an open shame, (according to 
history.) and avoided all intercourse with the disciples 
afterwards which made it impossible for man to renew 
them again unto repentance ; but not for God, for with 
him all things are possible. .lOHN REIFF. 

Norrhtown, Pa. 

For the Companion. 
"Big Words." 

I observe many of our brethren use large words in 
writing for the Companion, so much so, that we would 
be compclle'i to refer to our dictionary if we thought it 
worth the trouble. There are plenty of simple words 
in our language, to describe any thought that may 
arise in our minds, and if brethren can't use this sim- 
plicity of language in writing or speaking, they are not 
worthy of attention, for the Apostle says (1st Cor. 2) : 
I "And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with 
I excellency of speech or of wisdom declaring unto you 
I the testimony of (jod." "And ray speech and my 
preaching was not with enticing words of man's wis- 
dom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." 
"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, 
but tlie spirit which is of God, which things we also 
speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth," 
kc. And 2nd I'oter, 2nd chap, says : "To speak great 
swelling words of vanity, allures the lu-.t of the flesh," 
kc. And ICor. li;19, "yet in the church I had 
rather speak five words with my understanding, that 
i// mi> voice 1 might teach otheis also, than ten thou- 
sand words in an unknown tougue." Many of our dear 
brethren have no dictionary to refer to, and when 
brethren come to them through the Companion or oth 
erwise, with their big words, it is like Latin, or an un- 
known tongue, sure enough, "i'lain it a little more," 
brethren. ' A. WARD. 

Sykesville, Md. 


He is a worthless being who lives only for him- 



Selected by Josepu B. Sell. 
Eiuaginary Dialogue between Joscpb and l&is 

Enter Joseph. {He soUloquizea .')\Iovf mysterious are 
the dealings of God ! Mj brothers envied me, because 
my dear father loved me best, and gave me that lean- 
tliul coat of many colors. In their cruel hatred they 
sold me for a slave. Thus I came to Egypt a misera- 
ble bond-?ervant. But I soon found a friend in my 
u-:aster, and was happy until my wicked mistress caus- 
ed me to be sent in disgrace to j rison. That prison 
was however a sweet place to me, for I found God 
there. I would rather be God's servant in a prison, 
than hvc in a palace without his love. How slrangely 
': haraoh's wondrous dreams brought me out of the 
dungeon, and led me to the high office I now fill ! Yes ! 
the slave boy is lord vif all Egypt. How strange ! 
Yet I feel these things have not changed me. I have 
the heart of Joseph still. And now my brothers are 
come to me for corn ! How glad I am that I can save 
them and my dear old father from starvation. And 
they have brought little Benjamin with them. How I 
long to embrace the dear boy ! What sweet revenge 
it is on my brothers, to heap these gifts upon them ! 
They think that I am dead. They meant to destioy 
me, but now I can repay their hatred with love. How 
delicious is the luxury of doing good to one's enemies I 
But I must contrive a little plan to trouble them, and 
;ee if they feel any sorrwo for theii conduct to me^ — - 
what ! ho ! there ! 

(Enter Potiphar, a steward, bowing to Joseph.) 

Joseph. Fill the strangers, sacks with corn ; but 
put every man's money in the mouth of his sack ! 

Potiphar. (Bowiiii/ rcverautli/.') Yes, sire, I hear 
and obey. 

Joseph. Stop ! Take this silver cup and put it in 
the sack of Benjamin, the youngest of the men. To- 
morrow morning you may send them away. 

Potiphar. I hear, sire, and obey ! {Exit.') 

Joseph. {SoVdoqaizes at/uin.) They are gone from 
me again. O my brothers, bow I long to embrace 
you all, to tell you I forgive the past, and to send the 
joyful tidings that I am yet alive, to my dear old fath- 
er ! What ivill he say ? How his aged spirit will 
leap with joy, when they tell him his Joseph is yet 
alive ! My very heart swells at th? thought of seeing 
his well-remembered face once more 1 What dignity ! 
what patriarchal grace sat on his spacious brow ! How 
beautifully-gray were his silver hairs. I wonder if 
time has changed him much. I love him ! My father I 
my dear old father, when shall I embrace thee ? But I 
will call my brothers back. Wliat ! ho ! there ! ray 

(Enter Potiphar, lowhig.) 

iioseph. .'vre the men gone ? 

Potiphar. They left at early dawn, my lord. 

Joseph. "Tis well. Now speed thee quickly after 
them. Ask them for my silver cup! charge them with 
its theft, and bring them back to show why they have 
acted thus. Up, follow them I Begone with speed. 

Potiphar. I hear and obey, my lord. {Uxit Poti- 

Joaeph. {Soliloquizes.) And now they will return, 
and I will make myself known. How my heart throbs ! 
Peace, beating heart ! let me still thee by the force of 
lonely prayer. {Joseph retires.) 

(Enter Reuben, Siw.eov, Levi, Judah, Issachar, 
Zehv.lon, Gad, Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, 
loolcinii v:ildly at each other , and accompanied by Poii- 
jJiar, the steward.) 

Potipjhar. Isly lord Joseph bids you wait his pleas- 
ure in this hall. 

Pei(beri. We obey your lord's wishes, and are ready 
to show our innocence of this crime. {Exit Poti- 
phar. ) 

S/ip.eoH. Trouble pursues us everywhere. God is vis- 
iting the blood of our Joseph upon us. 

Levi. It IS surely so. I would ijive all my silver and 
gold if I could unsay those guilty words by which I ad- 
vir,ed his death. Joseph ! Joseph! why did I hate 
thee for thine innocent dreams ! 

Js.-i(iehar. I have never forgotten that sweet, beseech- 
ing look he gave me, when I bound his arms ; not Ihf 
tender voice with which he said, '■^BonU hurt me, my 
brothers,'" as we lowered him into that horrible pit. — 
Manv a ni;z;ht has that dear fiirure haunted me as I 
have watched my sheep on Dothan's plains. 

Zebulon. It is terrible to have a brother's blood upon 
the soul. I f«el it now. how eloquently his looks 
plead for liberty when the accursed Ishmrelites bound 
iiim to the slavechain ! 

(rad. Yes, and how touching was that cry he utter- 
ed, as they drove him away ! "0 my brothers !" were 
his last words to us, and they have been ringing in my 
ears ever since. Verily, we are guilty, and God is 

Asher. And I, who dipped his coat in blood, and 
carried it with a base lie to our noble father, have nev- 
er felt peace since. I have grown old fast at the sight 
of father's grief. He has never smiled since ! 

JJan. I thought my heart would break when our 
father saw the bloody coat, and said, "if is my so)i's 
coat." how he wept ! and often since have I seen 
the tciii's coursing down his venerable cheeks. In de- 
stroying our brother, we have well-nigh killed our fath- 
er. I wonder not that the hand of God is upon us for 

Iteuben. Brothers ! I wash my hands of our Joseph's 

blood. I begged his life ; I had him placed in a pit, 

intending to save him from your rage, when, unknown 

i to mc, you sold him to the Ishmaslites. 

j Judah. That was ray crime. ^ly guilty tongue pro- 

i posed that unnatural sale. The thought of it is more 

j bitter than gall or wormwood to the taste. Truly it ia 

a fearful thing to endure the pangs of guilt. 

B'.yijamin. I am young, but I must speak. Is it 
possible that ye are the murderers of ray lost brother? 
cruel hands — hard hearts of stone ! to destroy so 
beautiful a lad. I have heard my dear father speak 



of Joseph's piety, of his wondrous drtams, of hia many- 1 
colored coat, au'il of his death by wild beasts, until my ^ 
heart swelled to bursting. had he known that those 
beasts lived around his own tent ! Had lie seen in you j 
the murderers of his son, his broken heart had died 
loni''. lon'» a^o. ve son^ of Jacob, how could ye 
stain your hands with .lossph s blood I 

AIL fjtu'pf lieidoi and Benjamin. We are verily 
guilty of our brother's blood. Woe to us ! Woe to us ! ; 
Enter Potiphar. My lord Joseph is comin2;. (En- 
ter Joseph with aUcHiionts. Th u nU bow before him ^ 
with reverctice.) ; 

•loseph. (vi.s/Jf.) My boyish dream is fulfilled to- 
day. Their sheaves bow down to mine. (2c» his broth- \ 
tr.<t.) What deed is this ye have done ! Ye havesto- \ 
len my silver cup ! Did ye not know that I can divine 

•fuii'ih. We are not guilty of this, my lord ; only 
God, for a former iniquity, hath brought us into this 
strait. But since the cup is fouod upon us we submit 
■xnd will be your slaves. 

Jont-ph. Nay ! I will take him only, upon whom my 
cup was found. 

Juiiah. my lord, let rae speak and be not angry. 
We have a father, an old man, and this little one, 
Benjamin, is the child of his old age. Now i*" we re- 
turn without him, thy servant, our father will die : for 
Li? said when we brought Benjamin away, "Ye know 
:hat my Rachel gftvo me two son.^ ; Joseph vent out 
i'roni me and I saw liim not since, and it mischief be- 
fall Benjamin, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with 
sorrow to the grave." Now, therefore, let me be thy 
slave, and let IJenjamin go ; for I cannot bear that 
evil come upon my father. 

Jjnt'pk Let all go out from our presence but these 
strangers. (i7xi( Potiphxr and attendants of Joaep A.) 
Joaejjh, to his brothers. I am Joseph ! Doth my fa- 
ther yet live ? (T/te brothers look at each other as if 
terrif-d^ while Josephpauses through excess offeelin;/.) 
Joseph. Come near to me, my brothers. ^They ap- 
proach him wondering — a pause.') 

Joseph. I am Joseph, your brother, whom you sold 
into Egypt. Be not grieved with yourselves, my broth- 
ers ; (iod made your evil promote my good, tie hath 
made me next to I'haraoh, aad I am here to preserve 
your lives through tins famine. Haste, then, to my 
lather ; tell him Joseph lives and waits to see his face 
in Egypt. 

R>'Hben. <.'an this be our brother Joseph ? 
Juduh. (jod be praised, Joseph lives ! 
Siincjn. N.>w will our father smile again ! 
(Jad. A burden has le(t my spirit I 
Asher. Peace be to thee, most noble brother ! 
Benjamin. Aro you indeed m}' brother Joseph ? — 
I have often dreamed of you since you left our home ! 
happy hour that brings me to my lost brother ! 

Joseph. {Umbracin!/ Aim.) Yes, Benjamin, I am 
thy lost brother. Dear, innocent boy, God alone 

knows how often I have thought of thee, and how often 
I have longed for this bright liour. But haste, I want 
to sec my Vatlier. Co bring him down to Egypt. Till 
then, adieu. (^Joseph retires.') 
TJie brothers. Till then farewell. 
Biincausville., Pa. 


The Virst S!»bbntii-:SehooI. 

There has been a great deal said about the first 
Sunday School iu the world, and e-pecially tho first 
one in our own land. We have heard that Robert 
Raikes iu London held the first one ; and that B;?hop 
Asbury of the Methodist church in American, did ; 
and that an Episcopal Rector iu I'hiladclphia did ; and 
that Mr. i^later, in iawtucket, R. I. did. Our worthy 
"grandpa Dexter" lately deceased, was one of Slater's 

But now we have an account of another first one. — 
It is given by Rev. A. B. Grosh, of Washington, in 
the Guiding Star, a new and beautiful Sabbath-school 
paper, edited by Mrs. C. A. Soule in New York. In 
I this account we find that this school was commenced 
I at Ephrata, Lancaster Co., Pa., among the Dunkers, a 
! Baptist denomination. A gentleman of that place 
j writes thus on the subject to Grosh : "Sabbath-School 
instruction was commenced at Ephrata by Ludwig liack- 
} cr, a man devoted to tlie cause of juvenile instruction. 
I He came to Ephrata in 1739, ar.d shortly, on his arri- 
1 val, was appointed teacher of the common school. In 
a short time he also opened a school on Sunday af- 
j ternoons for poor persons whoso employments did not 
permit school attendance during the week, and for the 
religious instruction of others, lie was aided in this 
by several brethren, and this school flourished for ma- 
ny years." 

Thus there is no doubt that, to use the words of an- 
other record, "Sunday-Schools e.xisted in Ephrata, 
Lancaster Co., i'a., saveral years before Robert 
Raikes established them in England," Let us give 
wherever it is due. Whoever established the Sunday- 
School was a benefactor to his race. Let those who 
now enjoy the institution as it is i'nproved, tbank God 
for the blesiiug and seek to extend its benefits wider 
and wider, for the good of the little ones of tho Lord's 
family. — The Myrtle. 

The Opera. 

^Vhen I think that music too is condemned to be 
mad, and to burn herself upon such a funeral pile, 
your celestial opera-house grows dark and infernal to 
me. Behind its glitter stalks the shadow of eternal 
death. Through it, too, I look not up into the divine 
eye, as Richter has it, but down into the bottomless 
eye-socket ; not upward toward God, heaven, and the 
home of truth, but too truly downward, towards falsi- 
ty, vanity, and the dwelling place of everlasting de- 
spair. — Carlyle. 


It is better to do well than to say well. 


CHEISO^IAK ^Ahilht COMt»AinO]^. 



Only one drop of water at a time 
that had found its ■\vay from the 
mighty ocean through the dyke, and 
Tvas slowly wearing a little channel. 
Only one drop ! Yet if that little 
child in her morning rambles had 
not noticed it, who can tell what the 
terrible results might have been ? 

Only z stray sunbeam ! Yet per- 
chance it hath pierced some wretch- 
ed abode, gladdened some stricken 
hea,rt, or its golden light found its i 
way through the leafy branches of 
some wildwood, kissed the moss-cov- 
ered bank where the tiny violet 
grew, and caused a rich shade of 
beauty to adorn its lovely form. 

Only a gentle breeze ! But how 
many aching brows hath it fanned, 
how many hearts cheered by its 
gentle touoh ! 

Only one stray bullet that pierced 
the noble soldier-boy as he trod the 
lonely midnight-round, faithfully 
guarding the procious lives in- 
trusted to his keeping ; yet the life- 
blood slowly ebbed out, and the 
morning sunbeam fell upon the cold 
face of the dead. 

Only a sentinel ! And yet one 
soul more had passed from its earth- 
ly tenement to meet its reward ac 
the hands of a merciful God. 

Only a drop of ink ! And yet it 
carried the news of death to anxious 
ones at home, and caused the tear 
of anguish to trickle down the fur- 
rowed cheek of a widowed mother. 

Only a frown ! But it left a sad, 
dreary ache in that child's heait, 
and the quivering lips and tearful 
eyes told how keenly he felt it. 

Only a smile 1 But ah ! how it 
cheered the broken heart, engender- 
ed a ray of hope, and cast a halo of 
light around the unhappy present ; 
made the bed-ridden one forget its 
present agony for a moment as it 
dwelt in sunshine of joy, and lived 
in the warmth of that smile. 

Only a word ! But it carried the 
poisonous breath of slander, assail- 
ing the character. how it pierc- 
ed the lonely heart ! 

Only one glass ! And how many 
have fill ed a drunkard's grave thro' 

its influence ! How many homes 
made desolate ! How many bright 
anticipations of a glad and happy 
future blasted by its blighting influ- 
ence ! 

Only a mound in the quiet church- 
yard, and 3-et it speaks volumes to 
the stricken ones. Some home has 
lost a light ! Some home-circle has 
a vacant chair ! 

Only a child, perhaps, yet "ot 
such is the kingdom of heaven.'' 

Only a cup of cold water given in 
the name of a disciple, but it is not 
fororotten. Then toil on, christian ; 
yours is a glorious work ; hope on, 
ever, for yours is a bright reward. 

One soul snatched from the ways 
of sin and degradation through your 
feeble efforts, coupled with the gi ace 
of God, will add lustre to your 
crown of glory, and speak more for 
your happiness hereafter, than a life 
of selfish works. 

Only a prayer I And yet it calls 
to you for help. It calls for good 
raiment and food ; and, Christians, 
shall not we, through the grace of 
God, answer that prayer ? God 
grant it in his mercy. 

Only a lifetime 1 A short day in 
which to prepare for death, for "as 
death overtakes us, so judgment will 
find us." Let as, then, gird on the 
armor anew, and press on, the hope 
of a brighter hereafter being our 
talisman, using the weapons of pray- 
er, lest we enter into temptation, 
ai.d lose the rich reward of him 
who is faithful even unto death. 

The Number Seven. The num- 
ber 7 has always been supposed of 
some peculiar virtue. Somebody 
has been laborious enough to hunt 
up the following facts from the Bi 
ble in relation to it which we give 
for the benefit of the curious of our 
readers : 

On the 7th day God ended his 
work, the 7th month Noah's ark 
touched the ground and in 7 days a 
dove was sent out. 

Abraham pleaded 7 times for So- 
dom, Jacob served 7 years for 
Rachael, mourned 7 days for Joseph 
and was pursued a 7 day's journey 
by Laban. 

A plenty of 7 years and a famine 

of 7 years were foretold in Pharoah's 
dream, by 7 fat and 7 lean beasts, 
and 7 ears of full and 7 ears of blast- 
ed corn. On the 7th day of the 7th 
month the children of Israel fasted 
7 days, and remained 7 days m 
tents. Every 7 years the land rest- 
ed ; every 7th year all bondmen 
were free, and the law was read to 
the people. 

In the destruction of Jericho, 7 
priests bore 7 trumpets 7 days ; on 
the 7th day they surrounded the 
walls 7 times ; and at the end of the 
7th round the walls fell. 

Solomon was 7 years building the 
temple and fasted 7 days at its ded- 
ication. In the tabernacle were 7 
lamps, and the golden candlestick 
had 7 branches. Naaman washed 7 
times in Jordan. 

Job's friends sat with him 7 days 
and nights, and offered 7 bullocks 
and 7 rams as an atonement. 

Our Savior spoke 7 times from 
the cross on which he hung 7 hours, 
and after his resurrection appeared 
7 times. In the Lord's prayer are 
7 petitions, containing 7 times 7 

In the Revelations we read of 7 
churches, 7 candlesticks, 7 stars, 7 
trumpets, 7 plagues, 7 thunders, 7 
wells, 7 angels, and a 7 headed 

Ou Time. 

I saw the temple reared by the 
hand of man, standing with its high 
pinnacle in the distant plain. The 
streams beat upon it — the (xod of 
nature hurled her thunderbolts 
against it, yet it stood firm as ada- 
mant. Revelry was m the halls, 
the gay, the happy, the young, the 
beautiful were there I returned — 
and lo ! — the temple was no more. — 
Its high walls lay in scattered ruin ; 
moss and grass grew rankly there, 
and at the midnight hour the owl's 
long cry added to the deep solitude. 
The young and gay who had revel- 
ed there had passed away. 

I saw a child rejoicing in his 
youth, the idol of his mother, and 
the pride of his father. I returned, 
and that child had become old. — 
Trembling with the weight of years, 
he stood the last of his generation 



a stranger amidst the desolation 

around him. 

1 saw an old oak standing iu all 
its pride upon the mountain ; tho 
birds wore caroling in its boughs. — 
I returned, and the oak was leafless 
and saples?. the winds were playing 
at their pastimes thiough its branch- 

"Who is the destroyer ?" said I 
to ui} guardian angel. 

"It is time," said he. ""When 
the morning stars sang together for 
jov over the new-made world, he 
commenced his course ; and when 
he has destroyed all that is beauti- 
ful on earth, 'pluck'^d the sun from 
his sphere, veiled the moon in blood, 
yea, when he shall have rolled the 
heavens and earth away as a scroll, 
then shall an angel from the throne 
of God come forth, with one foot 
upon the sea and one upon the land, 
lift up his hand towards heaven aud 
swear, by Heaven's Eternal : Time 
is. Time was, but Time shall be no 
longer I" — Puuhlini/. 

^ m 

Every hour, life's sands are sli- 
ding from beneath incautious feet,- 
and with sin's fatal flower in the in- 
cautious hand, the tritler goes to his 
doom. The requiem of each depart- 
ure is an echo of the Saviour's (jues- 
tiDn: What shall a man give in ex- 
chanj-e for his soul? 

Anijeu. — Anger in many instan- 
ces arises from a cowardly fear of 
seeing or being toid our own faults. 
When apparently enraged at others 
we are really enraged with ourselves 
for being enraged at all. For fur- 
ther confirmation, consult your own 
soul after a 6t of passion. 

A HIDDEN' light soon becomes dim 
and if it be entirely covered up,will 
expire for want of air. So it is with 
hidden religion. It must go out. — 
There cannot be a Christian whose 
light in some aspects does not shine. 

IJe pure, but not stern; have mor- 
al excellences, but don't bristle with 

Great hearts, like the ocean, nev- 
er congeal. — Hacoii 

Christian Family Companion. 

Tyrome City, P»., Jan. 26, 1869. 
^ig Words." 

Elsewhere in to-day's paper 
will be Ibund an essay under 
the above lieading irom brother 
Asa A\'ard, which we think is 
most too sarcastic to pass with- 
out a notice. Sarcastic — pcr- 
liaps tliat will be called a "bicf 
word," and yet it would be hard 
to avoid it, and still express our 
opinion in regard to the matter 
before us. We might have 
said "too severe," but that would 
not have exactly answered. — 
We wish to convey the idea 
that he scorns, and that too se- 
verely, which we have in the 
one word "sarcastic." 

We think there is too much 
prejudice — prejudice, maybe, is 
another big word : it means — 
"previous bent of mind." That 
is to set one's self against a 
thing without liaving a proper 
understandino- of it. We were 
about to say there is too much 
prejudice against the using of 
words proper and common to 
the writer, but strange to the 
reader. The same is true in re- 
gard to speakers and hearers. — 
It is the duty of the writer to 
express himself clearly in such 
words as may most readily oc- 
cur to his mind. It is the only 
way in which one can write or 
speak easily and freely. If one 
must seek for words of a lower 
grade the composition will be 
strained and irregular ; if the 
author aspires to higher lan- 
guage than lie can readily com- 
mand, it will bo like bone with- 
out marrow ; like chaff without 

What is a big word I Is it 
a polysyllable \ — a word of ma- 
ny syllables. If so, then the 
scripture writers — or at least 

the translators — are guilty ot 
using big words. Paul says his 
preaching was not with "entic- 
ing words of man's wisdom, but 
in donou'^tndlou of the spirit 
and of power." Demonstration 
contains 13 letters and -I sylla- 
bles, while the little word proof 
has but one syllabic, and only 
five letters, and yet is in every 
way as good. Why not say in 
proof of the spirit and of pow- 
er^" But we hope it will not 
be attempted to maintain that a 
long word is a big Avord. And 
yet while we are upon this point 
it would perhaps not be unprof- 
itable to meditate a little far- 

V\'e have made use of the 
word "polysyllable," and before 
we used it we inquired into its 
signification — meaning. While 
the word itself contains just 12 
letters, the words employed in 
its definition require 20. The 
scriptures do not forbid big 
words, long words, but they ad- 
monish against many words. — 
Multiplication is a long word, 
so is misunderstanding — never- 
theless we could not easily do 
without them. 

We think the principal cause 
of dissatisfaction is not the fault 
of our contributors, but is main- 
ly to be attributed to the preju- 
dices of the reader. This we 
think is set forth in the lan- 
guage of brother Ward: "We 
would be compelled to refer 
to our dictionary "if we tliot' 
it worth the trouble." 

A man must either be very 
learned or very bigoted who 
does not think it Avoith the 
trouble of getting his diction- 
ary in order to make the ac- 
quaintance of one more word. 

We should rather thank than 
_ccnsure an author for introdu. 



ing to our notice a neAV word, 
of wliich Ave otherwise perhaps 
vrould have remained ignorant. 
If we really wish to learn we 
will be pleased with ever}' op- 
portunity afforded us of getting 
a new word or idea. It is not 
the childlike spirit that rik-s up 
at every difficulty in its way np 
the hill of ivnowiedge. The 
child applies to its parent or 
teacher lor light. 

As to many of oiu- brethren 
having no dictionary we think 
is either a great mistake or a 
sad misfortune. A christian 
flimily without a dictionary is 
as great an object of pity as a 
heathen family vt'ithout a Bi- 
ble. We are never Avithout 
one at our side. We carry one 
in our vest pocket. It only 
cost us 75 cents, and if we were 
to do without another ten times 
the mone3' would not buy it. A 
good chewer or smoker could 
save the price of one in a 

But says one, we don't need 
a Dictionary to understand the 
Bible, and if brethren can't use 
the same "simplicity of lan- 
guage in writing or speaking, 
they :n-e not worthy of atten- 
tion." Vie of course do not 
expect to make ourself a stand- 
ard, but we confess we still 
need tlie dictionary for an as- 
sistant to the Bible. We have 
had it in our company for many 
years ; have pursued profession- 
al callings ibr the last twelve 
years, and yet there are many 
words in che Bible of which we 
cannot give a lucid defiiiiticn. 
We have jvist taken a lesson. — 
Assistant has been catechising 
us. Below we give our first 
lesson. Those of our readers 
who can give the meaning of all 

I the words without a dictionary 
will apply for lesson No. II. 


















Luke 10:31. 

Acts 27 : 3. 

Rom. 13 : 9. 

51 ark 7 : 33. 

Rom. I : 31. 

Ezck 10:30. 


Acts 18 : 13. 


Mark 7:21. 

Nah. 3 : 1. 

Roin. f) : ■?. 

2nd Pet. 3: 3. 

Acts 3: 31. 

C 1. 3: 8,30. 

1 Tim.O :30. 

Isaiah 19 : 10. 

We have frequently given 
place to our brethren to offer 
their reproof to our correspond- 
ents for using high sounding 
words, because the principles 
upon which our periodical is 
based require us to do so. Not 
that we thought such reproof 
was deserved. We do not think 
that the standard of our litera- 
ture has been too high; it is 
within the reach of all except 
those who wilfully debar them- 
selves. It is a cherished ex- 
pression "that the feed should 
not be placed so high in the rack 
that the lambs cannot reach it." 
But we have thought that some 
lambs are content to eat off the 
ground until their necks become 
so stiff that they can never 
reach the rack. Not quite so 
beautiful an illustration but just 
as true. The low must be 
brought up, and the high must 
be brought down. Brethren 
let us meet midway. Let not 
the speaker close his mouth, nor 
the hearer stop his ears. 


Brother .S. Thomas wishes lo cor- 
rect the last sentence of his answer 
to brother Hummer, as tbllo'n\s : "St. 
Paul designates Christ the head of 
*he Church, and the Church the body 
af Christ." The article is found on 
page 550, of Vol. 4, and the correc- 
tioji Is in tte lust seatb'nce. 


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has been received for Sol. Stoner, and the 
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present year. 

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curred on our part. 

George Lint, Bueua Vif^ta, Ohio. What 
do you mean by "Apocryphal New Testa- 
ment ?" And what price book do you want ', 

Geo. W. Shaffer, (does not give his ad- 
dress) says the church desires Elder Grajbiil 
Myer^ to visit them and hold a series of 
meetings after his. return from present ap- 
pointments. Meetings lo be held at hii 
place and at Plum Creek. 

Henry Herr, Sen., Millersville, Pa. It is 
euougii for this year. 

K. H. Shaver, Maurertown, Va. 'What-waf. 
Joel Spigle's address last year that we may 
credit him with the 75 cts. He did not gel 
his paper at Maurertown. 

AVm. S. SaEPHEitD, Bull's Gap, Tenn. — 
Your subscription expired with Vol. 4, hence 
the paper was discontinued. We canuot tell 
why your paper conies from the west. We 
mail it eastward. Vv'e have been notified by 
the mail messengers to ship our Tennessee 
mail matter westward, against which we have 


C'orrespoHdcnce of church nexus solicited from 
all parts of tlie Brotherhoed. Writer's name 
and address required on every communication, 
ax guarantee of (/ood faith. Jiejected cmnmuni- 
catiom or rnanuscript used, not returned. AU 
communications for piMication should be writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only, 


Brother William A. Po^cvd left 
this vicinity about the 8th or lOtli 
day of June last, with a certificate of 
membership, signed by D. B. Sell, 
W'ra. B. 'Sell, Jacob Spahn, _C. 
Spahn,the writer and others; stating 
wlien he left that he was going to 
Illinois on a visit and would return 
shortly ; also promising to write to 
th^ brethren at HamiltoD, in relatioii 



to his returning, &c. We have not 
heard from him since, and li»vc also 
found it necessary- to expel him fiom 
Church fellowship fcr bad conduct. 
"We therefore advise the brethren 
not to receive him with his letter, as 
he cannot he held any lonn;cr as a 
member until he returns Jnd renders 
satisfaction to the Church and the 

Sit'ned in behalf of the Church. 
\VM. B. SELL. 

lutortnation M'uitted. 

Brother David llupel. North Lib- 
erty, Ind., after saying that a visit 
to Michigan of five weeks lcn;^th de- 
layed renewing his subscription, 
wri'es : "Information is wanted of 
whereabouts in Pennsylvania, Mag- 
dalene and Sarali Sider li^ed, who 
are now both deceased, but left an 
estate to the heirs of brother Jacob 
Sider who moved from Pa. to Cana- 
da about TO years ago, and whoso 
son 13 now living in Michigan and 
wishes to know where these Aunts 
of his lived, so >.s to get his share 
of the estate, if any there be, as he 
is in need. The information is to 
be sent to Martin Sider, Grandville, 
Kent Co., Mich." 

Brother Jacob Mack, Vermonc, 
Ills., under date of January 13th 
writes an interesting letter of which, 
though not intended for publication, 
we give the following : 

*'VVe are still on the land and 
among the living, with the blessings 
of life strewn in onr pathway by the 
hand of our benevolent and bounti- 
ful Benefactor, by whom we live, 
move, and have our bfing, and to 
whom belongeth glory, honor, do- 
minion, and majesty now in the 
Church Militant a id ultimately in 
the Church Triumphant, there to 
unite with the four and twenty el- 
ders, and that innumerable company 
which no man can number, who unit- 
edly raise their voices, saying, 
"Salvation to our God that siUeth 
upon the throne, and unto the 
Lamb." Bless the Lord, my 
Boul, and forget not all his bene- 

"I will not say much at present 

though I could if I were so dispos- 
ed. Kut one thing I must say, and 
that is this : What n pity it is that 
there are so many bretluon who 
cannot wiite without contradicting 
some one. and thus contradict each 
other. Verily, these things ought 
not to be. 

Of all the periodicals that make 
their appoai-an?c on my table, the 
'■'■CcDwanioii" is bv far the most wel- 
come, w. (i. scimocK. 

D.rlin, I'll. 

Thank you. A very short com- 
municatiou but speaks volumes in 
the way of encouragement. — Ed. 

I would like to hove an explaua 
tion of Hebrews 7 : 3 through the 

Alien Holland. 

s» i %■: i> 

We admit no pottry nnder any circumslan- 
ccK in c'limertiou with nhitnarij notices. We 
wish to use all alike, and me could not ins.ert 
verses with all. 

On the 14th Inst., brother GEORGE WEL- 
TY, atred ao years, 9 nionlhs,.aTKl 14 days. 
Funeral services by EMcr J. F. Rroher and 
the vriter. 

D. F. Good. 

In Lower C'oiiewago branch, York county, 
Pa., November 19th, 1808, SUSANNA 
Y'OUSE, aged 4 mouths. 

In Upper Coucwago branch, Adaran Co., 
Pa., Dec. lOih, 1S6S, Sister .MARY IIARBO- 
LA ; aged 24 years, 9 months and 15 days. 

In the same branch. January 4th, ISGO, onr 
friend GEORGE CHRONISTER, of Typhoid 
Fever, aged about iJO years. 

Adam Uollixgek. 

In Germany Valley, Huntingdon countv. 
Pa., January 6th, BRUCE, 6on of frieiid 
Reuben and Louisa MYERS, aged G years, 2 
months and 1 day. 

His death was caused by Hydrophobia. — 
About 8 weeks previous to his death he was; 
at his Graud-faiher'a, (Michael Myers,) will 
as usual. He was about the outbuildings 
hunting for eggs, and in reaching his hand 
under the iMiilding, was caught and badly 
bitten by a cat. He, of cour.-se, had no idea 
of the cat being mad, but so it proved to be. 
He worked in «pasms tliree days, when death 
ended his sufferincs. Up was an Interesting 
)ittlc boy, and loved by all who knew him.— 
Funeral gervlccs by Elder John Spanogle and 
v'ames R. Lane. Kate 8. Myeks. 

In Coneniaugh branch, fiambria county. 
Pa., November 19, 1807, ALICE BLOUGII, 
infant daughter of friend Levi C, and sia- 
ter Caroliiie Blough, aged 1 year, '.i mouths 
and 1^ days. Funeral frervicjo by the breth- 

Also in the same place, September 7, 1868, 
Brother LEVI C. BLOUGH, father of the 
tWrf^o, oj^cdSSvfeurs, OaWflliiiaadSedaye. 

He had a short notice of his death. 'Whilo 
engagc'l in coupling cars at Cambria Iron 
Works, the bump' rs being out of order, he 
was severely pressed at tXxa lower part of the 
body. Atlirsthis dcpire was to get well to 
prepare foi eternity, liui lliuling he de- 
part, lie called for a preacher. One present 
thought to send for one who would baptize in 
the house, because he was •^o weak. His an- 
swer was : "I'arcuts often cause their chil- 
dren to put off the Lo'd loo long." He then 
reqneBted to Invc Elder Slutzinan sent for, 
whom he requested to baptize him. Accord- 
ingly he was carried to Stony Creek where 
his wish was salislled in tlie presence of many 
■witnesses. He tlien said lie would rather di.-. 
than recover lor fear he would sin again. — 
He lived a short time after. His remain!', 
were consigned to their last resting place in 
Elder C. Lehman's buryiiig-groniid. IK- 
leaves a sorrowing widow and many relative^ 
to mourn their loss. Funeral services lVo:'i 
John. 5, by Elder A. Stutzmau, and others. 

Also, December 2.5, ISOS, in Shade branch, 
Somerset county, I'a., our beloved brotUcr 
(English) DANIEL BKKKEY,agcd 72year.^ 
1 month, aud some days. He bore his sick- 
ness in great patience. He was a consistent 
member for many years, aud a faithful dea- 
con a great part of the time, but his seat ■-■ 
now vacant. Dear reader reflect that miue 
aud yours may soon be vacant too. Then let 
us all live as if wc were on the verge of our 
departure to the judgment seat. His remains 
were buried at the Bretiiren's big meeting- 
liouse. He leaves an aged fiit>ler, nine chil- 
dren, and many grand-children to mourn 
their loss. But we need not sorrow as ihoso 
who have no hope. Funeral services fro:ii 
R'-'v. 13 :14, by llie brethren, to an unusual 
large cou;:regatiou. Jacob Holsoppli:. 
Visitor please copy. 

In the Hudson branch, McLean count';, 
in., January 13, AMANDA JANE, dau-rhtcr 
of brother V.oscs Y., ai:d sister Solly SN AVE- 
ly ; aged 1 year, 8 months and 28 days. Fu- 
neral services by brother Lyons and J. Mieli- 
les, from Rev. 14 : 13. Disease, Lung Fever. 
Parents, remember that your little jewel 
has only gone to mingle witli the many that 
deck "our Savior's coronet." If faithful, 
you shall meet her in that home, where you 
can bask in the sunshine of God's presence. 
Meliss.v Fornev. 
In the Woodstock branch, Shenandoah Co. 
Va., Jan. 8th, sister ANN, wife of brother 
I Jotcph SMUCHER, aged 59 years, 4 months. 
I and 19 days. 

I She suifered over three years, and for the 
last twelve months was entirely helpless. — 
She bore her affliction with christian lorti- 
] tude. We hope she has gone to join the 
I happy saints in the paradise of God. She 
was consigned to her last resting place on 
the 10th, in the presence of a large conconrao 
of people. She leaves a husband and four 
children, all members of the church. Funer- 
al services by Eld. George Shaver, from 2nd 
Tim. 4 : 6, 7, 8. 
Sam'l. A. Shaver. 

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Volume V. 


^ lu°" fternul one ! whose presence brijcht 
All space iloih occnpv, all motion ruidc — 

Uuchanjced throuzh t.ine'i alMcvastating'fligLt, 
Thon only God ! there ie no God beside^ " 

SoiD!; above all beings ! Mi-htr One ! 

wi.\ fii'r 1"°* ''"" fonipr.henJ "and none explore. 
Who fill St existeuce witli t.'„jsflf aloDc ; 

tmbra.inj; a!!, jurpoitins, ruling o'er,— 
Be:ns whom we call GoJ, and kuow no mere ! 
In its sublime research, Philosophy 

May measure out the ocean d.;ep, mar count 
1 he sands or the snn-s rays ; but God ! "for theo 
rr„ fi^M '* "*' ^''P*^' "*•■■ "Insure ; none can monnt 

Tho, 'h V"^",rV'r= ^'"^<'"'« ''"S'^'^^t spark ^ 

To trace thy counsels infinite and dark • ^ 

Evin lil "n^'''/ '* '""" <"'•<■. "'?"gl>t can «oar so high, 
ii'cn iifce p:ist moments in Elernitj. 

Thou from primeral uothinijnesg diJst call 

Thy word crested alL and dotU create • 
Thy ^p.endor tills all .pac. with rays divine. 

fhou art, aud were, and shilt be. -lorious c-reat 

Thv chains the nnracasurel universe surrouna, 

Upheld by thee, by thee iuspired witii breath : 
Thou the be^rinuiog with the end ha^t bound, 

And beautifully mingled life and death ! 
As f-parks moun' upward from the fiery blaze, 

So fons are born, so worlds spring forth from thee ; 
And as the spangles in the sunny rays 

Shine round the silver snow, the pigesnlry 
Of hcaveu'i bright army glitters in thy praise. 

A million torches, lighted by tl.y hand, 

Wa:i J'.-r unweaiieJ through the blue abyss ; 
They own thy power, accomplish thy command, 

All gay with life, all e'o iuent with bliss. 
What chall we call them T Piles of crystal light ? 

A glorious company of golden streams f 
Lamp6 of cele-lial ether burning bright ? 

Sun-, liuhtiog systems with their joyous beam» ? 
But thou to these art as the uoou to night. 

Yes ! a* a drop of water in the sea. 

All this magnilUence in (hee is lost ; 
What are ten thousand wo'lds compared to thee ? 

And what am I, then I — Hfaven's unnumbered host, 
Though multiplied by myriads, and arrayed 

In all the ^lory of sublimest thought, 
Is but an atom iti the balance, weighed 

Against thy greatness, — is a cipher brought 
Against infinity ! O, what am J, then i — Nangbt. 

Nanzht '. But the efMuencc of thy light divine. 

Pervading worlds, hath reached my bosom too ; 
Ycf> ; in my *pi:it doth thy «pirlt shin*, 

As shines a sunbeam in a drop of dew. 
Naught ! — but I live, and on hope's pinions fly 

Eager toward thy preseucc ; for in thee 
I live, and breathe, «nd dwell ; aspiring high. 

Even to the throne of thy divinity. 
I am, O God, and vnrely Tnoir must be '. 

Thoa art ! directing, guiding all. Thou art ! 

Direct my understanding, then, thee ; 
Control ray spirit, guide my wandering heart : 

Though but an atom 'mid immensity, 
Itill I am tometbing fashioned by thy hand ! 

I bold a middle rank 'twLxt beaveo and earth. 

" Whosoerer loTevh me keepeth my commandmenta. 

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Number 5. 

On the last verge of mortal being stand, 

Close t* the realms where angels have their birth. 
Just oa the boundary of the spirit land. 

Tha chain of being: i* complete in me ; 

IB mo IS matter^* last gradatioa lost • 
Aud the next step is spirit —Deity ' 

i can command the lightning, and am duJi t 
A monarch, and a slava ! a worm, a god • 

r J;c, "? ^■'""'', ^ ^"*' ""'* "^o^ ' «o marvcUoumT 
Coustructed and conceived ! Unknown ?-Thi8 clod 

l.iyes surely through ^ome higher ener<^r ' 
For from itself alouo it could not be ! " 
Creator, yes ! thy wisdom and thy word 

Created »,-i« ! thou source of life aud good ' 
riiou spirit of my spirit, and my Lord " 

til.ed ins with au immortal £oul, to sprn- 

cr the abyss of death, and bade it weal 
The garments of eternal dav, and win- 

Its heaycnl> a.'M beyond this little'sphere, 
E^eu to Its Soarce-to ihee-its Author, thori. 
O thoughts ineffable ! O visions blest ' 

1 hough worthless our couccptions ail of tUee 
Tct shall hy shadowed intage'rill our breast. ' 

And wait Its homa-e to thv Deity. ' 

Tl u, i'^f'rr "'^' '"'''>■ i''°"-l'ts can soar , 
'Mii.f .. "^ ^^^ P'coeace, Being wise and good • 

— Derziiavm, tra^'istattC b-j UoicrmQ. 

For the Compaiion. 
iioiVH Will and tbe Heart of .Man. 

•'Unto tlie pure all things ar* pure ; but unto tli';m that are defil- 
ed aud unbelieving is nothing pure ; but even iheir mind aud con- 
science is defiled. They profess that they know God ; but iu 
works they deny him. being abominable and disobedieat, and unto 
every good work reprobate." Tit. 1 • 15, 16. 

The holy apostle while addressing his son Ti- 
tus, relative to those characters whom, notwith- 
standing their loud profession, he classes among 
the impure and disobedient, whether he referred 
to those who should exist in later times or not, 
has drawn a vivid picture of the majority of chris- 
tian prolessors of this late ^ge of the world. — 
Those who read the above quotation with a view 
of acquiring information therefrom, if they are 
in possession of a judgment equal to that of the 
common school-boy, will naturally learn that 
there is work for the Christian ; and that a neg- 
lect on their part of performing that work will 
rob them of their title to an inheritance of a 
home in the regions of immortal glory by dis- 
robing them of their christian name and class- 
ing them among the ahomhiahle and disobedi- 
ent. Indeed Ave think that when they fail to 
see these things, after carefully perusing the 
word of God, it ii because "unto them nothing 



is pure ; hut even the raind and the conscience 
is defiled. 

How many men and women there are in the 
world who say that we must know by experi- 
ence that WG are in possession of the spirit of 
Christ and that this experience consists in a 
feeling ofJiappmess in the heart ! This doclriae 
seems to be ot' the same character of that which 
the serpent preached to the mother of all the 
world, and is destined to produce a fall m.uch 
more dreadful«than the fall in Eden. That we 
mu?fc know by experience whether we are in 
possession" of the spirit of Christ or not, is as 
true as the fact that partaking of the forbidden 
fruit would enable our mother Eve to discern 
the difference between good and evil ; but that 
t'lis experience consists in a feeling of happiness 
in the heart, unless produced by a sense of obe- 
dience to Christ and his apostles, in conjunction 
Avith a- sense of an upright walk and conversa- 
tion with our fellow-men, is an error. Solomon 
the wisest man that ever lived has truly said : 
"He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool." 

We believe, that the experience by which we , „„_„.„ ,. 

know that we are christians consists in knowiup-, jyasbJ«?is^'jfV^o-"'nTlrt*K;?rC>'?o;v, --^--'^--•'- "•^V* ", ^^'"'" 
and.P^fn"^ r'-T^''^' «^^ i^i« apostles, Lo.f.^.ril.^'-'''^ ^¥\«"^/^^^^ closely con 
and act toward each other and the world in a 

.]ust manner^as christians should do: When we 

possess this kind of laith and it bursts forth into 

a hvmg faith which wiU grow stronger and 

stronger as we advance in life, we will%e ■ ult 

su3h bemgs as our Father in Heaven desired m 

^"^j^: E.UMBATTGH 

^lercei'm, Ind. 

for the Cv>!,_^;,;>i,v„.. 

piesent Vol. I read a "conversation" on feetwash- 
mg which 1 have no doubt, those of like mind 
consider incontrovertible; most especially be- 
cause It came from the pen of one of the lead 

ins Bishons in f , <-.r "<. -o : ,. '"= J'-'aci- Mioiiia ao to each other as 
am%£rf " 'lH?"f"i ^^j^?" ^ .«- Can any thing be plainer? 

tical Body, yet I do not recollect of seeing such 
words in the New Testament. 

3y that conversation the author tries to make 
it appear that because the two hands of Christ 
were engaged in washing and wiping his disci- 
ples feet, there should be two members of the 
Church engaged in washing and wiping the saints 
feet. We will readily admit to that, if the 
author will prove to us that our Savior washed 
!iis discipk-s feet with one hand, and wiped them 
with the other hand. But if he waslied ft et 
with both hands and wiped them with both 
hands, then, according to his own argn.ment, 
there should be two members ol the churclu en- 
traged in washing, and two in wiping the saints 
feet. And orsr^quently it woidd require four 
brethren to wa-h and Avipe one brother's feet. — 
Whereas, according to the example of Christ, it 
will require only one brother to wash and wipe . 
another's feet. But the brethren tell us that 
feet-washing and baptism are closely connected, 
because when Peter wanted not only his feet : 
but his hands and his head washed, "Jesus saith 
to him. He that is washed needeth not save to 
s^^^^^^,c.4a?il^: ana baptism are so closely con- 
nected, why do some of the brethren go hundred?^ 
ofmiles and hold debates, defending the man- 

wb'nf Kf ■'^'''^' ^^P^^'"^ ^" ^^^ ^^"^y better 
wmcn Christ has nowhere told us so plainly how 
to baptise, as he has how to wash and wipe feet '^ 
But when they come to feet-washing and wipine' 
they will have arbitrary explanations as in th? 
torcgomg Conversation. Our Lord could only 
nave given his disciples command, saying Ye 
shall wash and wipe each others feet. And mi- 
tler such circumstances almost anv way of wash- 
ing and wiping each others feet would be admis- 
sible. But to avoid all misunderstanding he 
gave them, an example showing them how he 
wished them to perform, telling them, they 
should do to each other as he had done to them* 

ambiguous explanations on feet-washing that I 
nave yet read, there is nothing so plain as the 
words of our Savior, when ve says "I have giv- 
en you an example, that ye sjl^ould do as I have 
^onetoyou." But I will admi;^ that the afore- 
baia Uouversation presents new V.t^as, even such 

S<^W-SJ.*° ^ "^^^^ Tho;^gb I have 
lequcntly reaj? ^^ the Companion abrj^^t a Mys- 

^ I do not see how any person cvja stiii MLi^ibt^ 
ingly contend that the way \he brethren prac- 
*y^,'^.^^cording to the command and example 
ot Christ. And yet if the Lord is satisfied with 
the brethren's practice, I am too ; but I do be- 
heve "ifye know these things, happy are ye if 
ye do tnem." Ever since the change has been 
made, from the single to the double mode, there 



have always been some members not well satis- 
fied with the change, and many even now | 
would like to relbrm the single mode ; butitap- 

Ht'ar that deep sigh, he would a ress 
or ilviti'T nature's fcclilf nesg ! 
S"'' th:it I'ale corpse — oil ROiie Us charmn 
'Tis death with bis bride In his arms ' 


pears the old Bishops take the responsibility i ^^ee ! the bnrning intlammation, th_ ...^...„ 
\ipon themselves, wliich is all the time causing ^t-'ver, tlie sutiocatnig asthma, tlie yhiveruig ague, 
dissatisfaction among the members. If they ' ^^ith all their ills and woes and pains, find their 
would give way that each branch of the church ^^ay into every home, and casta deep, dark man- 
mi«,dit practice' a-i a majority of its members tic of gloom o'er all our world! Surely there is 
would see proper, the dissatisfaction would soon ; '^a vale of tears" a world of sorrow of sickness 
be removed. By allowing a change, would not \ of pain, oi cryings, of death ! Xo wonder that 
be making a disturbance ; as some say it would i tlic Ciiristian desires to be gone ! No wonder 
be ceasing' the distiubance. I have not written i that he longs lor a better clime ! No wonder 
for controversy, but because 1 love to obey the h'^^^t he is oft weary of life, and .seeks somt 
commandment-- o[^ God. 

Ilarleysville, Pa. 


Xo SiekneMS Tliorc. 

jjeacefid bower, where sickness and sorrow, pain 
and death, are felt and feartxl no more! No 
wonder that he dwells here in tolitudc and sad- 

DiM-zi^L' VI every form and shade is the off- 
spring of sin. Paul says: "By sin came death." 
So, also, by sin came infirmity, weakness, dis- 
ease, pain. As a consequence, pain is the fruit 
of sin. And, oh ! what streams of sufferings 
riow not from this one fountain — sicl-jutis ! Dear 
and behold, m mie view, mt L^f W>fnm.y, m '7,^..--- -.« 
firmaries, and chambers of afrliction, like Moses, 
on "NLt Nebo, beheld the glorious land of Canaan ; 
and could YOU hear the sighs, the groans, and 
the deep hollow wails of sorrow there, your 
hpart would sicken, your liead would become 
laint, and you would ardently long to be gone ! 
Would you not? Look at it! What is this 
world \ ' What is it as to its sorrows I A bm* 

•'Like a lonely bird, 

That eadly sings, 

Broodinsr upon its nest imheaid 

"With foUled wings !" 

But is there no better world? Is there no 
shelter from sickness, pain and death I Is there 
no healthful habitation ? Yes, hi heaven! There 

There pain is unrealized. 

sickness is unknown 

Shall inourn iis power no inoro, 
Thcr«, clothed iu spotless purity. 
Redeeming love adore." 

Yes. Heaven is a healthy habitation. Afliic- 
tions never come there. There pains distress no 
more. There tears never flow from weeping 
eyes, nor sighs heave from sorrowing hearts. — 

„,„,^ , , , There none are sick. There none are sorrowing. 

almshouse, in which millions of Adam's race | -^j^^^g ^^^^^ ^re sighing. There none are dy- 
are lodged, pale, sickly, dying, atfticted with a 1 ^^^^ 

thousand diseases; an infirmary full of suffering \ ^^^^^ j-eader, have you a desirei^ox this health- 
mortal.-. Who, day and night, send out their ^ ^.^^^ ^^^^^^ ^ ^^^^ ^^^ a fitness lor it? Do you 
sad, mournful cries of sorrow all around I Atfiic- , ^^ breathe its pure air, to drink its fresh- 

lion ! Where is it ( Like the spider, it is eve- ; ■ \^^^^^^ ^^ u^e its endless life I AVith one 
rvwhere. It meets every man. It finds its ■ ^^.^ ^^ do you oft cry out in the earnestness of 
way into every house. It visits the king s roy- . <!y^^^| ..Qh that I had wings like a dove, 

al court, as weU as the peasant's lowly cabin.-- ^^^ ^^^^^ ^^^^^^ j ^ ^^^.^^^.^ ^^^ be at rest!"— Xva- 
It ilistens its tooth in the flesh of every mhabi- ^^^^,,^^^ Oheerrer. 

ter of earth. It throws its ensnaring cord around ^^^ ^^^^ 

eyer\ mortal. Its death chains clank around ^^ ^^^ .^^^^ ^^ ^^^ ^^^ ^j^^ ^^^^^^^.^ .^^^ j^tiH ^ 
everV neck. It respects no man, no age, no sex ^^^ 'i^^j^viest grief is that borne in silence ; the 
no tribe, no nation, no circumstances, see. See. ^j^^^^^.^f jov^! ^flows through the eye and touch; 
..,,c„mr.fmTn ' ^PP ^^^^ ^^^^^^^ .^^. -^ unspeakable; tiie most impres- 

! sive preacher at a funeral is the silent one ^vhos^ 
i lips are cold. 

the wasting consumption ! See. 

That saJ, vi't bright sparklins eye, 
But fast fa'dine, like a twilight sky 1 
3«e on that cheek the deep'niug red 
T*iat U -^'Oa f-r.^-'Bh h-T'-.e fod ' 



JFor the Companion. 
On Matthew 11: 11. 

"Among them tliat are born of women there has not arisen a great- 
er than John the Baptist, nevertheless I say unto jou that he that is 
least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he."' 

This expression of the Son of Godhasbjen the cause 
of as much speculation, and diversity of opinion proba- 
bly as any one expression found in the volume of in- 
spiration. And as I, in common rrith others, have 
formed an opinion and constructed a theory upon the 
Bubject, I hereby purpose to give them publicity. 

I have studied this subject very closely of late, trom 
the fact that I was likely to get into a debate (and pro- 
bably will yet) upon an issue therein contained. The 
issue to vrhich I allade does not affect us, as a Church, 
in the least, because we have nothing to lose either 
way, but it completely saps the foundation of the Bap- 
tist Cburch, which claims John the Baptist as its 

I was very much pleased to find an article in the 
Companion, over the signature of brother Moomaw, in 
asking the forbearance of the brethren while he was 
discussing the proposition of gradation in the diSerent 
kingdoms of Nature, from the fact that I knew that the 
idea of Buccegsive gradation was as old as the world 

This system of gradation begins with the smallest 
atom of inanimate matter, and advances upwards in the 
scale of perfection, until it arrives at the highest order 
of intelligences, even to the great "I AM." l^ut vfhat 

.53^ijyaii;l gi^rfafion, and the resu't to which he at- 
tamed and the conelusion to which he arrived And 
1 would here remark that, with all due deference 

to the 

them to the next order above them in the economy of 
God's creation. These are all objects without animal 
life._ But we turn our attention to the smaller objects 
again, and we discover a curious little creature known 
in Natural History as ''the Yialking Leaf:' This cu- 
rious little creature, although possessing animal life, 
can scarcely be distinguished from the vegetable mat- 
tei, and yet it is one grade higher in the scale of per- 
fection ; and hence we believe it to be Ihe connecting 
link between the vegetable and the animal kingdoms. 

We have now advanced one step, and have got into 
the scale of insects, which is the most imperfectly form- 
ed grade in the animal kingdom. And yet, tliis is a 
part of that kingdom, it being sub-divided into a great 
many division?, and which wc will not have time to no- 
tice in detail. 

I must here ask the indulgence of the reader while I 
follow this subject of gradation still farther, because I 
am conscious that I cannot do anything like justice to 
the proposition without pursuing this course. And 
althougli perhaj:s it will make this article rather lengthy 
and iiksome, yet I am satisfied that it is absohitely 
necessary to a full explanation of the subject. I shall 
therefore be compalled to follo\\ this laiv of gradation 
through its various phases. 

In the next place then, we will notice that class of 
animal and vegetable matter which subsist entirely in 
the water. We find certain species of vegetation which 

live and flourishin.ii.i^df'".W/jei'iec^,lyiormcd' ve-e 
table substance, i,p to the most imperl^ct of that 
""'Sing animal life, and we find the sponqe as the 



necting link between them, and wbich is quite small 
and msiginhcant when compared \^ith th 

le great nion- 

opinion of brother Moomaw, and al^^o to" ail I>r«i-h...r. I.f« f? T ," ^""-i^"^^" "J^" ' 

and most insignificant of them all, seems to be the con- 
writing thia article lor the pun)ose";F^;;X™::/:r:l"!:'i^^!!^^.t^*'^^^^^^*'^« kingdoms. But there 

diSbr upon this proposition. 

_ I, for one, hold the doctrine that the best wav to ar- 
rive at the truth of any proposition, is by a tair aad 
impartial discussion and examination of the same in a 
Christian and brotherly manner. 

Now I want to exara'ine thia question of Gradation 

are the hippopotamus the walrus, the seal, the sea ser- 
pent, U., all of which are ^ ast and mighty in their 
proportions. But here again we are disappointed while 
looking amongst the mighty, and the gl-eat, and the 
most perfectly developed fur the connecting link, until 
for a few moments. I remark,'fi'r;r7haT w'e 7nd"l' I llT^'x^ ""'i attention .wn to the most insignificant of 

exist entirely in air, and which cannot subsist in the 
water. This then brings us to an examination of the 
feathery tribe— and again, as heretofore, we look in 
vain for the connecting link amongst the hr<ier and 


the smallest atom of inanimate matter, up°to the° hi^rh- 
est order of intelligences. For example : wc will be° n 
with the vegetable kingdom ; we behold the most mi- 
perfectly formed vegetable substance, as certain spe- 
cies of plants and mosses which adhere to the rocks 
logs, &c., which approximate very nearly to earth, and 
which differ very little from it. But we pursue the 
scale in its ascending mode, until wo arrive at the 
tallest oaks, and giants of the forest. And yet we find 
that the bulk, or size has nothing to do with tiie ap- 
proximation toward the connecting link which binds 

most perfectly developed of this chis?, even th*^ fabl 
Koe ot "t^mbad, the sailor," of the Isle of Bagdad 
which was so ponderous in its dimensions that its ey-s 
were several yards in circumference. Also the mighty 
ostrich, which IS able to carry a man upon its back 
with perfect ease, or also the swan, the vulture, the 
stork, the eagle, the crane ; until at last we trace down 



the scale till we come to the most imperfectly develop- 
ed, and most in?i»nific.ant of them all, "the flvnig fish," 
which seems to be the connecting link in tliis direction. 
But in tracin<T this class of animals in the direction of 
the rjuadruped species, we hegin with the Imj^e Masto- 
don, or Mammoth wiiicli i-s the largest animal of the 
qnalruped species known in Natural Ilistor}', «nd fol- 
lowing the line downwards we find the elephant, the 
camel, the lion, &;c., wjiich are all perfect monsters of 
this species of animals ; but liero a^ain we ai«j doomed 
to disappointment while looking amongst the tall and 
the great, and the most perfectly developed, for that 
connecting link which connects between them and the 
feathery tribe, — but when we come to look among the 
most insignificant and the most irnperfectly developed 
of them all, we di-tcover the Ba~' which we at once 
recognize as tiiat link for which we are seeking. 

But now we begin to search for that link which con- 
nects this species of animals, (viz. the quadrupeds) to 
our own species ; that connects the Brute creation with 
that of Mankind. 

Again we would search in vain amongst the tall and 
the mighty, monsters of the forest, and are compelled 
to come down to one of comparative insignificance so 
far as proportions are concerned — ''the orangoutang" 
— which animal approximates very c'oscly to our spe- 
cie?, and hence we believe it to form the connectin'' 
link between them. 

We have now considered nearly all of the most im- 

ures of tJod. We come now to consider Che ISs't, otic 
not the kast of the terrestrial creatures, and to try if 
we ca* find the link which connects them with the 
Ileaveidv, or Divine. 

The mere statement of this proposition, re think, 
will at once suggest to every reflecting mind, upon a 
moment's consideration, the certain result of our inves- 
tigation of this part of the subject. 

We would think it almost an unnecessary waste of 
time to enter upon a Tcry elaborate discussion of this 
part of the subject, were it not for the fact, that ac- 
cordin'T to what brother Moomaw has written, I am 
satisfied that he, at least, entertains contrary views 
upon this subject. And as I have before remarked in 
this article, I am not writing for criticism, but for the 
sole purpose of eliciting truth, and dissipating error. 

In considering th" subject under consideration at 
present, we shall treut it as we have all the others, and 
therefore shail begin at the highest order, or at the 
very fountain head, the great source of all things, or at 
the great "1 AM," himself. 

It is a conceded fact by all iutelligent human beings 
that Jehovah or <iod, is the very embodiment o*" per- 
fection itself, and conseq-.eiitly stands at the very head 
of the higher -jrder of intelligence.-^. Next it order 
in the descending scale, we find Lutifer, who was 
called the "son of the morning" which signifies Uf/ht, 
and who from the superior excellency of his position 
was second onlv U the Most Ili^h. Next in order we 

i find Gabr'el who stands before the throne of God con- 
tinually, and seems to be^his special messenger, and 
who was sent to our earth on two of the most impor- 
tant occasions that the world has ever witnessed, viz. 
to announce the birth of "John, the Baptist," and of 

■ "Jesus Christ." 

I But time fails mc to follow thu subject farther. i:'uf- 
' fice it t» say, that amoi^g all those tail angels which 
vie with each other ar»und the throne of God, we fail 
to Cad that connecting link which conncts Divinitr/ 
with Humanity. But Tvlien we, as in the preceding 
c.ise-, begin to look among the lowest, and most insitT- 
nifi'^ant, so lar as appearances arc concerned, we dis- 
cover this conuecling link, not in the person of John 
the Baptist, but in the lowly B:ibe of Bethlehem in Ju- 
dea. llere we see Je^ius Christ who was made of a 
woman, made under the law, and "Who was made a 
Utile Inver than the an_'/els for the suffering of death, 
crowned with glo:y and honar, that he by the grace of 
God should taste death for every man." Hence we see 
that Jesus was made a little lower than those cehsti^l 
beings, but a little hi_^her than man. For the Apostle 
Taul 8ay.=! "that lie hath given lllm to be the Head 
over all things, unto the Church, which is His Body." 
For lie hath given Him to be sin for us wh.o knew' no 
sin, that He might reconcile us to God, being put to 
death in tlie flesh, but quickened in the Spirit, by which 
also IIo went and preached to the spirits in prison, 
when once iho long suffering of God waited in the 
d^'.a.of Noah while the ark was preparing, wherein 

whereunto baptism dotu a'lso iiofV sat^'u.,, 'm.^. ^ 

Yv^e have shown conclusively we think that John the 
Baptist nor any of the angelic choir, neither any of the 
celestial beings which surround the throne of Jehov ih, 
form the connecting link between God himself, as the 
head, and also all those glorified beings which compose 
the Kingdom of Heaven, or of ultimate glory, and tho 
Kingdom of this world. But that link is^certainlj and 
truly found in the Person of our Lord and Savior Jesus 
Christ, the lowly Babe of Bethlehem. 

In the next place I shall endeavor to show who John 

the Baptist really wag, in doing which, 1 think that the 

reason of the language of the Savior which stands at 

! the head of this article, and which is the subject of the 

j present treatise, will appear ac once obvious and per- 

i tVctly clear to tiie mind of the most casual observer. 

In the last chapter of the book or projihecy of Ma- 

■ lachi, we find the following rema.vkable announcement 
i from Jehovah himself, speaking th>-ough the medium of 
1 f i« prophet Malachi ; "Behold I will send you Elijah, 

the Fropuet before tho coming of the gre*t and dread- 

fr.l day of the Lord."" 

Now I wish the reader to uote particularly the lan- 
' guage of ^'tlie Lord" by the piophet in the above dec- 
\ faration that ho makes use of the definite article "the." 
' The use of articles according to the genius of our lau- 
j -^uage, is to limit nouns in :hcir signification. There 

are two articles in the English language — A or An, and 



The — A or An, limits the noun to one of a kind, but to 
no particular one. 'The' points out a particular or defi- 
nite object. Here then we have "the Lord" positively 
declaring by the mouth of the prophet Malachi that he 
would send to his people Elijah the Prophet, before the 
coming of the great and dreadful day of the Lord. — 
Now let me here ask, has this promise of God been 
fulfilled ? Or is it yet in the future ? If it has been 
fulfilled, when, and where, and how was it done ? — 
These questions are precisely what we are now consid- 
ering, and what we are endeavoring to answer, and in 
answering which, I think, we will be able to see how 
"John the Baptist'' is loss than the least in the King- 
dom of Heaven. 

I must again call your attention to the definite arti- 
cle The, which occupies a very conspicuous place in the 
solution of this problem. Now, if in the foregoing 
declaration q{ Jehovah, He had said, behold I will send 
you Elijah, a Projjhet, making use of the indefinite ar- 
ticle, then the people would have understood, that there 
would arise in future, a prophet wh«se name should be 
called Elijah ; but inasmuch as He makes use of the 
definite article. The, they of course understand the pre- 
diction to have reference to a particular person. Hence 
their mind^ at once revert back to the old prop'ne; 
Elijah who had once lived upon the earth, and who had 
never died, but had been taken up from the earth in -i 
ch iriot of lit- J. Tajrei'ore, we see th'J p3.)r)'e from 'h- 
tim3 of this -ieciaration anxiously looking f^r the re 
turn ot the prophet Elijah to th*; earth. We lea-n th;s 
fict Irom sev.Ti-Ai circun-j-ujise.'. Wfe^j^isemtO" a$k John 
WHO ne was ; whether he was E.ijah— ptobably it will 
be necessary at this point to explain to any one who 
may not already know the fact that the name Elias in 
the New Testament, is the same as thatof i,Y?;M in the 
old ; so also with regard to the names Ei'aia^, and 
Isaiah : Jonas, and Jonah ; Noo, and Noah ; so that 
whenever we find the name Elia^ in the Ner Testa- 
ment we may properly read it E ijah. With this ex- 
planation we will therefore proceed with the subject. 
I had remarked that the people were expecting Eiijrdi 
to return to the earth— -another proof of this Ave gather 
frorn the circumstances of the transfiguration of our 
Savior upon the Mount, when there appeared unto him 
Moses and Elijah. The disciples asked him on that oc- 
ca3ion,^"why the scribes say that Elijah should first 
come ;" and again at the crucifixion when the .Savior 
cried out, "Eloi, Eloi," they say, "let alone, let alone. 
let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down." 
From all th^ss circumstances we gather the idea, that 
the people were confidently expecting the return of 
Elijah to the aarth. Now upon what had they based 
fiuch a conclusion ? Most assuredly upon the positive 
declaration of God Himself, that He would send them 
Elijah the prophet. And they had confidence in the 
veracity of Him who could not lie, and understood the 
import of words, and saw that He has made use of the 
definite article the, which specified a particular person- 

age, and not a vague or ambiguous term which might 
mean any one of the many prophets which have lived, 
or might hereafter live in the world. This undoubted- 
ly had forced convictions upon their minds that Elijah 
should again visit the earth. There are some things in 
the economy of heaven which arc entirely mysterious 
and inexplacable to us ; and this subject, I hold to be 
one of those things. We cannot comprehend how God 
was manifest in the flsah : ho-n it was possible for Him 
to come down from heaven and be born of a woman ; 
yet wc know such was really the case. Neither can we 
comprehend how Elijah the pi'ophet could be born of 
p]lizabeth and be here in the persoa of John the Bap- 
tist ; yet we find by an examination of the scriptures 
that such was the case. The birth of John was of itself 
very extraordinary ; and he was also a very extraor- 
dinary being, even from his conception. Being "filled 
with the Holy Ghost from his mother's womb, a cir- 
cumstance which we find recorded in the birth of no 
other being that ever lived upon this earth, save Jesus 
only. This circumstance taken in connection with 
miny others in the character of John the Baptist, forces 
the conviction upon my mind at least, that John the 
Baptist, and Elijah the prophet were identical. I;ut 
as this article is growing rather long for one i-'sue of 
the Companion, I shall Je^ve off at this point for the 
present ; but will resume the subJBcb again in the fu- 
tu?-'^. an ! sImU en lea.'oi- in the .s-ijuel to prove by 


ail t'.iat Ua.5 b3.!n ;iv-!«rte 1 ii t'-ii-i trpatnc. 

Is It Stationary 1 Is it substautiaU Is it 
abiding, and at our command and control? Can 
we live as long as we please, and add month and 
years to human life? Can we call to-morrow or 
next year ours; or can we tell what a day will 
bring forth? Life is a "vapor that appeareth 
for a little time and then vanishes awav." — 
\yhat is there in a vapor ? Is there strength, 
riches, wisdom, or power in a vapor \ Is there 
anything tangible in a vapor ? It is certainly 
fleeting, and we should not risk much in such an 
uncertain thing, 

"As lor man, his days are as grass ; as the 
flower of the field, so he flourisheth." A wise 
man will not place all his dependence in grass, 
and gaze his all away at a flower which so easi- 
ly fades; but look at the circumstances and dan- 
gers by which his life is surrounded. Behold 
the rapid motion, with the winds and waves 
beating upon us ! Is it not astonishing that we 
live? With many, human life has a mournful 
story to relate. "Man that is born of woman is 
of few days and full of trouble." Grace and 



Bible ha])piness has but. little to do -with the lives 
of many. Shall it be that we shall liye without 
evangelical repentance and divine forgiveness, 
and die and lose our souls! This thought should 
wake us up, and bring us to candid reflection. — 
A preparation and nicetuess are requisite to hap- 
piness on earth and a home in huavon. Human 
life is short. "Tlie days of our years arc three- 
srnirc A'ears and ten, and il' by reason of strength 
they be four-score years, yof i- their 
strength labor and sorrow, f' oon 

cut off, and ily away." life is cou\paied to a 
day, a watch in the night ; and if so, we should 
not idle a moment away but '-redeem the time," 
bv ffivin'' all dilisrence to make our calling sure. 
How much depends on a moment ! In a moment 
we may be called away; and if unprepared, that 
moment would be rendered more valuable that 
tho wiiolee r'^\ — Jit Unions Telescope. 

S'-ii-ctod by Havn-ah Brai.lter. 
The l>patu place of Poutiu!« Piiatc. 

A legend is p.^puiar among tho people of Vienna, 
■!iys the "Jonrutil oF an Antiquary," concerning the 
death of Pontiu? Pilate. The «:tory i>i of a strange 
r'>;i'-Acter, and throws a wilJ and pleasing interest 
or«>r the locality which commemorates the event. Not 

■ huilt ?quare, and riFe la an unus'urher^Jt - 
; works uvc rlook the waters of the River ; and 
.UP I nrv shadows of it? exterior envelop the sliiniu;; 
fl j.kI winding at its ba^e with perpetual gloom, and 
??e n to form an additional feature of melancholy 
fr.)ni the character, of the deed which ia presumed to 
have heen enacted there. The place is called the 
"To«r Ae Macon seui.'' 

Xrer ihe crucifixion of .Jesus Christ, Pilate broken 
in spirit, retired to the tower to indulg* in his grief, 
and to conceal his lamentations from hsfs unbelieving 
' • ';>le. Here, violently snaceptible of the great 
: ' • *■ ■* ■■--"■ -^ have participated in, in a par- 
'V hims'lf from trh« lofty win- 
in the waters* of the 
their traditionary ac- 
co :nts 01 ttis c At the foot of one of 

t. -. \'.-, .. \T.., .! i,y th*" T>.,...,. ..-" ilatp, 

'■* are al turb- 

tcrs at his : . ranquility of the scene is said 

to have been charged from" that time- The *atcrs 
arc ofton visited by severe and unaccountable agita- 
tions, which the legends say are the wrichings of the 
troubled spirit of Piiatc. The adjacenc moautaina ars 
shadowed all the year through, and the superstitioue 
inluiSitants of the district aflirm thrt apparitions are 
frcfiuently to be seen in the neighborhood, and lamcn. 
tntiocs are heard upon the winds, waking the echoes 
of tho movintain fastnesses. The subject has been be- 
fore referrsd to by English travelers, and particular 
allasiotiis made to in it Hughes' Mnerary. 
Uf'gniburg^ Pa. ' ' .'' 

lilo I in 

rii.^t.- il ..i.'i i, 

ami there t'. hs' 

aiul iil- 

. Rnfee- 

prey to oe:iPele*i reinorso, 

• ,•..1 the margin of that Lake, 

hioiBeU' and drr.nk of it=? wa- 

of hi« relipotion.s, and tinjiilv tiiraw himself into tlie-wa- 

Exercise is the law of growth ; and the rea- 
son which very many have not the spirit of the 
Lord Jesus, and arc not abundant in the conso- 
lations of the Gospel, is that they will 'not do * 
the work of the church. Some of them say: 
"Could we stand in holy places and minister ; 
could we address multitudes of people ; had 
God given us the tongue of eloquence, and the 
power of persuasion, oh ! how we would delight 
to address vast as^'emblies !" But to visit the 
stranger and tlie fatherless, to carry bread to the 
hungry, and to clothe the naked, this is a work 
in which the heart does not take delight. They 
to-5uv"wn'P^i'^X9Hl?.?J^„-4*^^^- ^'^^ ^^^^ reason 
and have gloom upon our hearts, scarcely know- 
ing how to raisv'^ the heart upward to God, is 
because we are neglecting our duty. There- are 
neglected stV6,ngers in the city, there -are wid- 
ows and fatherless wlio ought to be comforted; 
there are the suffering and the sorrowing who 
ought to be cheered ; and because^ we neglect 
to minister to the destitute, and because we ne- 
glect to do the work which God places in our 
reach, and for Avhich he opens for us dodrs of op- 
portunity, wc iail to grow in the knowledge of 
the Lord Jesus -Ghuist. 'Jslaere mcver yet set out 
a trembiiug spirit to visit a bUut'.ring widow, or 
a iUtherlcss child, or pexsoss* in sorrow and afflic- 
tion, but, while uponi his journey, the Lord J«- 
sus Christ joined liim, and while he endeavored 
to speak woirl> of cor- o ■?/!-"!. the Spir'f of God 
came into hi 'Lo, I 

am with you . 

TtImjx wpslth conRlyt-s^in'Virtut, and noCm the'pos- 

■ ^ ■ " ■ lin- 

• . • he 
who has the rao?t civility lor other«. 



-For the Comvanion. 
Liong Prayers anil Repetitions of tVords. 

Kind brethren, this is a subject that I have 
been made to reflect upon ; and the more I view 
the subject, the more wrong I see in it, which 
has caused me to drop a few lines for the Com- 
panion. Long prayers, and repetitions, should 
be avoided ; and wliy is it that the brethren, do 
not divest themselves of this habit so contradic- 
tory to the Gospel 1 The way that many con- 
duct, or deliver their prayers, is, in our opinion, 
quite contrary to that which Christ taught his 

We frequently hear brethren making use of 
many unnecessary words : repeet the same or 
nearly the same over different times ; and at the 
same time all they have petitioned for might 
have been with half the words. 

Christ said unto his disciples : "But when ye 
pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathens 
do I for they think they that shall be heard for 
their much speaking ; after this manner, there- 
fore, pray ye : Our Father, which art in heaven. 
&c." Read Matth. 6 : 7—13. Now I can toll 
you, that I have taken the pains to note down 
some of the words that seem to be repeated the 
moct, and I have gotten the number of 20 to^28 
timesin, 9,135 ^IM^-BnTy 'i'atEer7''"Now brethren', 
I ask you to take up your papers, and write the 
words, ''O Lord our Heavenly Father," 28 
times, and see what a catalogue of repetitions 
you have. I think, one or two times calling 
these words would be sufficient for all purposes. 
Now we will leave the subject for your own con- 


Mt. Sidney, Va. 

^1 -• -<^ 

tor the Companion. 
E. G. Zng's <tnery. 

I will offer a few thoughts on the subject of brother 
Z.'s query. The passage cited to is one that has caused 
much criticisDa among the learned. Some claiming the 
Savior had allusion to a low gate through which foot- 
men passed in and out the city of Jerusalem, called 
the "Needle's eve," and through which it was difficult 
for a camel to pas?, — and could not pas? at all when 
loaded or burdened with anything, 
term "camel" should be rendered 

the ancients ; as an instance, we are informed by reli- 
able testimnny that in the Jewish Talmud occurs the 
following passage : "•Rabbi Shesheth answered Rabbi 
Amrara, who had advanced an absurdity . Perhaps 
thou art one of the I'ambidithian?, who can make an 
elephant pass through the eye o'l a needle," that is, 
"3p»ak th'ngs impossible." The Mahommedan Tible, it 
is said, has the following: "The impious, who in his ar- 
rogancy shaU accuse our doctrine of falsity, shall find 
the gates of heaven shut ; nor shall he enter there till 
a camel shall pass through the eye of a needle. It is 
thus we shall recompense the vvicked." This will suf- 
fice to show it was a familiar term in use among the 
Oriental nations, and well suited to make an impres- 
sion on the minds of the discipks as touching the state 
of all souls as that one wlio inquired what he should do 
to inherit eternal life. The Savior well knows his 
heart, and when fully tested, he was found wanting. — 
The love of his riches is stronger than the love to obey 
him whom he called Master. So it is with every one 
that loves the riches of this world's goods more than 
the commands of God. Mary, in speaking of the good- 
ness of God, declares: "the rich he hath sent empty 
away." Luke 1 :53. The Savior says, "woe unto 
you that are rich." Luke 6 : 24. "We think the scrip- 
tures teach it is impossible for the rich to ente? into 
eternal life ; that is those who have their supreme at- 
fectiona centered on this world's wealth, lika the rich 
man who said to his soul ; "Take thioe ease, eat, drink 

or himself and is not 

and be merrj." God said unto 
,,,, . , .^£, ^^.jvtu up treasure 

rich toward God." Luke 12: 21 

He who is willing to suffer the loss of all things, 
though it be millions of worldly wealth, rather than dis- 
obey the commands of God, is not a "rich man." He 
buys as though he "possessed not," usii'g the world as 
not abusing it. Such a man possesses a soul rich tow- 
ard G-od. Nothing is impossible with God and though 
it be hard for the rich to enter the kingdom, the grace 
of God may so mollify the sinful affections of the ava- 
ricious heart as to enable them to lay up "treasures in 
heaven." Or he can give to their riches "wings" that 
they may pass away as a vapor, and thus awake them 
to the uncertainty of riches, and thereby create ft thirst 
for eternal wealth. '" 

Fayettevilh, W. 

"Yv'ith God all things arc possible." 
Va. J. S. FLORY. 

rope. These ideas are unreliable conjectures, aad we 
think the text, just as it reads in our version, is suffi- 
ciently plain and authentic, meaning just what it says. 
It is a figuratire term, doubtless of frequent use by 

Tlie Danger of Evil HabHs. 

He who follows the downward course of those who 
have made shipwreck of themselves, will find in their 
course a fearful warning against the vei^ beginnings 
of evil. It is not the immediate injury that may result 
from one act of disobedience which constitutes its crim- 
Others claim the i inality and its danger. But one sucli act brings on 
"cable" — a lar>re other acts, and thus perpetuates the career of trans- 
gression and of woe. Evil habits produce a moral cer- 
tainty of continued wrong doing. He who yields once 
to anger, not o»ly destroys his peace at che moment, 
|j„j helps to form a hot tamper which may render his 



whole life miserable. Here then u our d*n<j;er. ^Ve 
cannot j^o to a certain point in sin, and then stop. We 
lose our self control, and find wlien it is perhaps too 
late, that we have awakened a power tlrat it is most 
difficult to resist. Hence it is that so few men become 
reli;^iou? in middle life, and fewer still in old ai^e. — 
Their habits are too stron^lv fixed. They cannot 
change their way of thinking and feeling. Their un- 
checked impulses have settled into habit.*, and thtir 
habitus have hardened by pride. 

What folly and madness is it then to postpone re- 
pentance to a future year, or to the bed of death. We 
do not say that a change of character, even at the last 
hour is impossible. Bat certainly it is a thing not to 
be expected. The chances are almost beyond compu- 
tation against it. We might as well hope to make that 
wrinkled, ^kinny hand turtt again and become as the 
flesh of a little chi'd, as to bring to the breast of an 
old hardened sinner, the sensibility of youth. 

It will be asked if we are thus completely under the 
control of habit, where ij human responsibility ? We 
cannot be blamed for doing wrong, if we have no pow- 
er to do right. 

.Vnswer — We have poiver. We can resist evil. We 
can foiin gool habits at first, and even wo?n we have 
contracted bad ones, we may change them. It would 
b? preaching the language of despair to say that evil 
habits cannot be brokjn. There is a power in God's 
grace, and in earnest repentance and prayer, even to 

COIUJuci I— «,»... O.-'U- I ^ -f I.„K;f ,1,,„a nr>f fli iponrai/e 

a wicked man at reformation. I: only shows h'm the 
diSBcukies in his way, and that he has a long and toil- 
some work before him. His power to change his na- 
ture is only indirect and gradual. He must fight long, 
and often, when he thought his enetnv dead ho will 
find ic revive. He can break off at orce deliberate 
8ia.«. He can turn his eyes in another direction. He 
can begin to travel another road. But he cannot 
at once eradicate old tastes, lie cannot prevent their 
coming back, at times, with terrible violence. A 
drunkir 1 may break his bottle, and swear never to 
touch another drop. And he may keep his oath. But 
he cannot prevent hankering after the fiery stimulant 
And he will at times almost have to chain' himself, to 
prevent giving way to the burnii g thirst. It will be 
years before his reformation will be complete. 

So, whatever bad habit a man desires to overcome 
he has a deadly struggle before him ; and the more 
inveterate the habit has become the greater the neces- 
•ity for vigilance and activity. Does a man start with 
horror to find that he is going to destruction ? Let his 
own shriek of despair awaken him to a last effort for 
his salvation. Could we .speak to a drunkard who is 
almost over the precipice, we would implore him to 
stop, to check his swift career, and put forth one more 
struggle for life. Hi* only safety is in immediate re- 
pentance. Let him break off his sins at once, and turn 
to the Lord No matter hovs far gone he may be, if he 
be trull/ penitentj there is hope for him, for it shows 

that all sen ability is not gone from his bosom. Ag 
^ soon a.' the tears begin to flow, the heart is melted, 
and often from that moment a new life beg'ns. 

But he n'\\\ have need of all the energy' and ourage 
of which he is master, not to fall back into his old ways. 
Such a viot.iry is not achieved without the most heroic 
resistance. But ho must remember Jiat it is a struggle 
for life, and let this make him determi;ii?d. He must 
trample duwn his imperious passion. But then let him 
not trust alone to his own courage and resolution, but 
fly to God for protection. When the storm of passion 
bursts upon him, let him hide under the shadow of His 
wings until it be over-past. 

To those then who are bound in the chains of vicious 
I habit, and wlio struggle to be free, the word of the 
Goopvl is, there is hope for you, but it is only by the 
great efr<)rt on your part, and by the assistance of 
heaven. The permanence of any reformation will de- 
pend, not only on old habits being broken up, but on 
their being supplanted by new habits, new prineiples, 
and new associations. We have little faith, for in- 
stance, in the refoimation of a drunkard, unless he be- 
comes a religious man. Let him seek the support of 
religion. Let him turn his f)otstep3 to the house of 
God. Lit him strengtlien himseK by the society of the 
good, cultivating associations of purity. Let him have 
done with that ml'^erable cant about the power of his 
own will, and his ability to stand alone. Let him con- 
fess that ho is as weak a^ a child, in J pray to God to 

support him. Let him lean on tho Aimightv arm, and 
tiieu ne muy z,i.^^<ii. ° " ' 

I The Voyuge of Lile. 

Life bears us on like the stream of a mighty 
; river. Our boat first glides down the mighty 
channel, through the playful murmurings of the 
little brook, and the windings of its grassy bor- 
ders. The trees shed their blossoms over our 
I young heads ; the floweis seem to offer them- 
I selves to the young hands ; we are happy in 
! hope, and grasp eagerly at the beauties around 
us ; but the stream hurries on and still our 
hands arc empty. Our course, in youth and 
I manhood, is along a deeper and wider flood, 
, among objects more striking and magnificent. — 
j We are animated at the moving pictures and en- 
joyment and industry all around us ; we are ex- 
cited at some short-lived disappointment. The 
' stream bears us on, and our joys and our griefs 
are alike behind us. AVe may be shipwrecked, 
but we cannot be delayed ; wliethei rough or 
I smooth the river hastens on till the roar of the 
ocean is in our ears, and the tossing of the waves 
is beneath our feet, and the floods arc lifted up 
aroimd us, and we take our leave of earth and its 
inhabitants. — Ileler. 




l<or the Companion. 
Passing Onward. 


Borne on the tide of time, we glide 

Towaid the goal of life ; 
Soon, ah ! soon, but beyond the tide, 

We'll cease the Christian strife. 

All TTho the Savior"s yoke have tak'n 
And have the strife bearun, — 

Theij shall by error's winds be shak'n 
Until their work is done. 

Beset we ai'C with countless snarep, 

And foes in arabush lie ; 
And these in guise of earthly cares, 

May blast the blissful sigh. 

Tliro' many toils and trials here 
\Vc press our onward way ; 

Oh may we walk without a fear, 
Nor ever court dismay. 

Fast fleeting are the years of time — 
Life seems but one short day : 

Then may we striTe to make sublime 
Our years of earthly stay. 
Tyrone. Pa. 

Jfor the Companion. 
A I/Gsson ior YoMsjg Readers. 

My dear young frier.dc; : This i 

the first time that I address you — 

It is iTiy desire to do you good, and 

to I'ivc vou such id vice as will aid 

you in becoming moral in your ha'o- 
'no^ ttiia u?uiui wuen you grow up to 

he men and women in society. — 
no.w many lessons of this character 
I shaU be able io give yoii^; I knb'-.T 
not. For the present," I shall say 
something: on ,the ^uTiject of Res- 
pect. You know ho V happy you 
feel when others respect ryx)u, and 
how disheartened when they: disre- 
spect you. -When you respect oth- 
ers, you expect them to^ respect you ; 
but when you meet psi'sons, as . we 
often do. and you ofiej: your , man- 
ners of respect to tk^^m, and they 
pass 8;S though they ,did not no 
tice you, do you not feel aoaaewhat 
strance ? This you would call dis- 
respect, would you not ? And if 
you should do the same to those who 
would respect you, then yon would 
disrespect them. You see then how 
good and how pleasant it is for 
young people to respect each other, 
in this way, and in other ways «f 

which we will try to think. • I trust 
my language will be so plain and 
simple that all who have learned to 
read, can under.'^ta nd. 

There lived a \^Ty good man 
about 900 years before "our Savior 
came into the world, or more than 
2700 years ago. Tlis name you 
would like to know. It was Eiisha. 
If you take your Bible and turn to 
the second ciiantt-r of second Ivin<T3, 
you ca)i read a j art of his biography 
or history. Xle was the companion 
of Elijah. They acre good men. — 
They loved the Lord and did what 
the Lord commanded them. So we 
should do, ,Tbey loved each other. 
So we ought. Elijah desired to., go 
^0 a place named Bethel, and wish- 
ed Eiisha to stay at a certain place 5 
but he would not, for he said : "As 
the Lord liveth, and as the soul liv- 
eth, 1 will not leave thee." So thev 
went to Bethel. Then Elijah dt?ir- 
ed him to staj^ ».t_Betii.l • irt hts 
Tsma tne isa'tiie words. A': uu 

will read very interesting a: e-,unts 
about Eliiha. But after they were 
separated, Eli-ih-a .peJtuEUied. toward 
Bethel. As he was traveling; alonj; 
his tftyVbe passfid a city, and ma- 
ny children- catii'e out -of the city and 
mocked EHsha,:, and said : "Go up, 
thou bald-head ;' go. up, thou, bald- 
head." Now this^ you will -say, 
was very disrespectftil. To mock 
or taunt an old man is the worst 
kind of disrespect. Those children 
must have'b^eu very ill broyghj; up. 
They were, doubtless, very ignorant 
and wicked. ''Jpd is highly uispleas- 
.witli.tii.em,.. that.; disi'cspect his ser- 
yantii. The fate of them that mock 
the good is often very dreadful. — 
You will read- that the fate of those 
wicked children who -mocked Eiisha, 
was very sad indeed. 

■ We sJiould refijject others. The 
■child, the lad, the man, the aged,ali 

deserve to be respected. Show me 
tlie boy or the girl that quarrels with 
such as are younger than themselves; 
or refuses to obey father or mother, 
or those who have the care and keep- 
ing ot thera ; or that will ridicule 
and spenk rudely and coldly to the 
aged ; and I will show you one who 
disre!i2^ects oihers. And yet there 
are many who do these things We 
have known children to take their 
own time to do a certain errand or 
piece of work, which their parents 
intended to be done immediately. — 
Do 3'ou <{hink this due respect to 
parents ? \\'e have peen persons of 
wealth amused at the poverty of the 
poor, or turn them from their hospi- 
tality. Was this respect ? We have 
heard young persons tittering and 
talking in the house of worship. — 
Do you not think this very disre- 
spectful to the place of worship, and 
to those who worship? Try, then, 
to respect others, and you will be 
respected if) return. 

We should res2J(ct ourselves. In 
thi:?, we should nut think more high- 
ly of ourselves than what we d eser ve. 

But every one should thnik so roiich 
ot himseU' as to be respectable in so- 
ciety, wise and moral in habits ^ and 
kitia and friendly' to every one.— 
Tiiis will lead you to love your 
scheolmates and as.^ocia^.es in your 
youthful days, and to be benefactors 
of your fellow-beings iii after life. — 
Let it be your aim in youth to act 
^\ell your part in life. Experience 
has taught those of maturcr years 
that there are often many tempta- 
tions presented to . persons in their 
youthful days. Guard then, if it be 
possible, against anything and every- 
thing that would hinder you from at- 
taining to and leading a useful, no- 
ble, 8 net r«?pectablo life. 

D. B. M. 

1 Never be worried b}-^ trifles. If 
I a spider breaks his thread twenty 
i times, twenty tiroes will he mend it 
again, Jlako up your mind to do 
a thing, and you will do it. Fear- 
not if troubles como upon you. — 
Keep up your spirit?, though the 
day be a dark one. 



Christian Family Companion. 

Tyroce City, Pa., Feb. ?, 1869. 
TblM and That. 

\\'e had scarcely expected to 
write editorial this week, hav- 
ing had in contemplation to ac- 
company brother (iraybill My- 
ers on a mission to Philadel- 
phia, Germantown, Green Tree, 
Indian Creek, &c., ou yester- 
day. Temporary illness of sev- 
eral members of the family, 
however, forbade our absence 
from home at that time. We 
expect to follow to-night, and 
join him to-morrow or d^^y after 
at Green Tree. 

The heav)' labors attending 
the closing of one volume and 
beginning of another having 
now about terminated, we ex- 
pect to do some traveling and 
visiting. B i' as we have verv 
little confidt'^nce in o'lrself as a 

caiQ^ the Btethn^n will ii[>poiiif 
mcetiiig-j, WL' do not like to go 
oit alone; b ir. with a good 
compinioa wo;dd venture al- 
most anywhere. We do not 
think we luck in the "will," bat 
in the pr-iTormancc we come 

Although we may be absent 
Ironi home mucli of our time, 
we sliall leave force enough to 
attend to all business entrusted 
to our care. We shall be es- 
pecially gratified if new sub- 
scribers will continue to arrive 
at such a rate as to meet the 
current expenses of the office 
during our absence. We can 
still furnish several hundred 
sets of back numbers of the 
present volume, and hops ^e 
shall not be obliged to lose 
them. If oiu: friends all over 
the United States mil make 
one more effort we ?>hall reach 

the 3000 subscribers, and thus 
establish the enlarged paper. 

We would also desire that 
unpaid accounts might be speed- 
ily settled, that we may be ena- 
bled to meet present indebted- 
ness. A couple hundred dol- 
lars due on last year's work 
would just come in place to 
meet "first of xVpril " bills for 
paper, books, See. 

Then, also, correspondence 
will be specially welcome, and 
very specially those who write 
with care, and a degree of ac- 
curacy. There are some of our 
brethren, and sisters too, who 
can scarcely be said to be dis- 
charging their duties toward us, 
not speaking of higher obliga- 
tions. Up and a doing, Chris- 
tian friends ! Lose no opportu- 
nity of imparting a word of con- 
solation to a "comrade in dis- 
tress," or a ppirk of light to 
him that sits m darkness. }Xc 
heartily wisli we ^o o^. a. 

unitedly against our common 
foe. AVould that all our old 
correspondents might b?come 
animated with a zeal that would 
cause words to drop from their 
pens that would be "like apples 
of jrold in pictures of silver," — 
and which would promp': many 
others not yet heard from to 
give a helping hand. Let ur, 
see how well we can ajjree 
among ourselves, and how much 
kindness we cau feel — not ex- 
hibit — toward one another. If 
we possess kindness, it will ex- 
hibit itself Let this be a good 
ytar for us, and the Master's 
cause. Let us indeed be "/?>- 
i)i(j stones" in the spiritual 
house whereunto we hope to be 
built up. 

Quite a number of complaints have 
arrived of some subscribers not re- 
ceiving their paper?, and of others 

not getting their papers at the right 
place. Now we trust all will have 
patience, and simply apprise us oF 
such matters, aad w'e will attend to 
thera promptly. .\11 who have sub- 
scribed for the year, and have not 
yet receired any papers will get 
their back numbers as soon as we 
know they have not been sent. 

Boo'i Notice.^. 

The CimisTiiK Hakp. — PublifeL- 
ed by Ruebush & Kieffcr, Singer's 
Glen, Va. I'rice 35 cents per 
copy ; $3.00 per dozen. Sent post- 
paid to any address.' on receipt of 

This valuable little work is speci- 
ally adapted to the wants of chil- 
dren. It contains over a hundred 
pages of choice music set in charac- 
ter notes. Wc' would not wisli to 
discourage the round-note system ; 
but we believe the character note 
system to be better suited ' . 
pacity of oui; youth. 

Packard's MoNTUf.y.— The FeW 
ruary number of this 'magazine for 
young men, is upon our t,Wjle. — 
Aiuij:i:^ the conteists sre the folio w- 

111^, : tlOW VOiin^ uicii aio .<..,(.-,...• 

bio fur the dress and dt^portme.-it of 
young women: E lucation as it 
should be, bj' Iljiace Groelev : 
Brcatiiirig a living soul into dead 
laiiguajie, by Eliiiu Uarritt; and 
others, with the editorial depart- 
ment. Price 15 centi pei copy ; 
S.IOO per annum. Address : S.S. 
Packard, 937 Bioadvyay, N. Y. 


Phrenological Journal for February 
contains sketches of Prof. Jiache, 
late of the U. S. Coast Survey, Mrs. 
Lily N. Spencer, the artist, VVilkie 
Collins, Theodosia Purr Alstin, Ros- 
sini, Roth>:child, with portiaits ; be- 
sides The Inner Senses, a J's^'cho- 
logical essay : Resurrection of the 
Rody, a sermon ; Influence ofla- 
telleot on So<Mety : How a Man made 
a fortune by a I'in ; Equality of 
minds ; Community of Interest ; the 
Groups of Organs; V/intcri ig in 
the South ; the American Lion, and 
numerous other attractions. Price, 
30 cents, or 3$ a year. Address, 
S. R. Wells, 3S9 Broadwiv, N. Y. 




Correspondence of church newt noUcited from 
all parts »/ the Brotherho«d. Writer's name 
and addresn required on every communication, 
as guarantee of good faith. Ifejected communi- 
cations or manuscript used, not returned. AU 
commur.ications for publication should be writ 
ten upon one side of the sheet only 

A iiiouuccmeats. 

Notice ot Oistriot Meeting. 

The District Meeting for the 
Northern District of Indiana, will 
be held (God willing) on Thursday 
the 25th day of March next. The 
meeting r.i:\ be hell with the breth- 
ren in the Union Centre eongrega 
tion, at the Eastern meeting-house, 
7 miles south west of Goshen. And 
it is requested that every congrega- 
tion in said District, should be tally 

Brethren coming on the cars from 
the West will be mat at VJoshen, at 
the arrival of the noon train ; and 
those coming from the east will be 
met at the same place at the arrival 
of evening train on Wednesday the 
24lh of March, and conveyed into 
the neighborhood of the pla,ce of 

By order of the brethren. 

Notice ol 9 i!«sonrt and Kausas 

Please publish our District Coun- 
cil for Mi.ssouri and Kansas, to be 
held (the Lord willing) on the 16th 
day of April, 1339, at th<5 Breth 
ren's meeting house, near J iatts- 
burg, Clinton Co., Mo. We e.xtend 
a hearty invitation to the brethren 
generally, and to the laboring breth- 
ren especially, to be with us on that 
occasion, as we wish to hold a series 
of meetings durin;' and after tha 
council. Brethren from the East 
will leave the train at Turney's 
Station. Those from the West, at 
Osborn, Hannibal & St. Joe R. R. 
Those from South and South west, 
at Lathrop. I'rethren should try 
to reach these points on the loth, 
as there will be conveyance furnish- 
ed at that time. 

Brother J. H. Filmore and other 
ministering brethren were here and 
commenced a series of meetings 
Wednesday before the 3d Lord's 
day, and closed the following Wed- 

nesday, in January, with 4 addi 
tions. It is due brother Filmoie 
to state that he did most of the 

Our love to all the brethren. 
By order. 


Brother James McBride, Hazel 
Dell, Ills., under date of Jan. 2nd, 
says : "Through the help and bless- 
ing of our Heavenly Father, I am 
once more able to hold the pen to 
write to you for the continuance of 
your welcome Ghrhtian Companion, 
of which I have been a busy reader 
ever since my wife has been takinn: 
it. And through the good advices 
and instructions, the good reading 
of the New Testament, the good 
preaching of the beloved brethren, 
and good advice from a religious 
wife, I was obliged to give up and 
pray to God for forgiveness of my 
sins, and repent of my evil deeds. — 
And I feel that I have gained that 
which he has promised to all that 
will call upon him witU an honest 
heart and a willing mind. And I 
wish the prayers of »11 tli<> rlMm- 

"We have quite a small flock here, 
but have a church or;;anized, though 
only twelve members in this setile- 

"My wife and I mado a visit to a 
few of our brelhron and sifters, n.nd 
took with us several copies of the Com- 
panion, .vith which to solicit subscri- 
bers. I send the names. There are 
two sisters m the church who wished 
to have the paper, but the men, who 
are not yet members of the church, 
objected for the reason that they are 
new beginners and have many things 
to get, so that they had not the 
money to spare. Now, brother, I 
have stood in the same place, and 
was always able to pay out money 
for a political paper, biit that which 
was good was neglected. A good 
brother subscribed for our first paper 
to introduce it, my wife being a 
member at the time. Now if you 
will send a paper to these si-^ters for 
six months,! wi'l^Tgree topay furit." 

We will send the paper, and hope 
they will be benefitted by it. We 

also recommend this method of in- 
troducing the Companion, to other 
brethren. We have sent several 
copies free of charge to such as were 
not able to pay, and still do, but 
cannot supply more than our means 
will allow. When such as are in 
straitened circumstances, desire 
the paper but cannot pay for it im- 
mediately, we gladly take their pro- 
mise of payment during the year. — 
Could no5, those who have means 
plenty and to spare, supply those 
who are destitute of religious read- 
ing ? We will try to do or part, 
but we mean there are many others 
ryho would welcome a religious pa- 
per to their households, and bless 
the hand that did them good. "Cast 
thy bread upon the waters," &c. 

Brother Hohinger ; In looking 
over the second number of the Com 
panion, A'^ol. 5, I see an article from 
Hagerstown, Indiana, headed "So- 
cial Meetinjjs," and sijrned Daniel 
omita. witn great reluctance I 

take up my pen to offer a. fevf 
thoughts upon the same. One con- 
sideration alone in my opinion makes 
it necessary to reply. Were it oth- 
erwise I would cheerfully pass it by 
unnoticed. Now I look at the case 
in this way : Brother Daniel Smith 
and several other brethren, with my- 
self, labor together in this branch 
of the church in the Ministry ; and 
silence from all would imply that we 
were in sympathy with the article. 
But this I think is certainly not the 
case. And withi^ut giving ray indi- 
vidual views, either pro or con, on 
the merits of the article, I would say 
that in my opinion such articles are 
calculated in their nature to sow dis- 
cord in the Brotherhood, both at 
home and abroad, and surely we al- 
ready have discord and trouole 
enough in the Church without sow- 
ing seed so prolific of contention.-- 
All meetings held by the Brethren 
either for worship or business should 
be social meetings. In conclusion I 
will yet say that I advised brother 
Smith not to have it published after 




he ha.l it written ; but duty no doubt ' Brother Jacob Wine, Edgev orth, 
dictated to him otherwise, and for Tennessee, writes : "W e still have 
his action in the matter I will assure g<>»J meetin-s. rhank (.od tor Ins 
him, that although 1 may differ with hloisings. May we still goon in the 
him, I entertaia no unkind feelings good work of tho Lord. As -ve have 
towards him, and knowing him as been blessed, let us again set new 
well as I do, 1 have no fears that ho resolutions to be more watchful, tor 
will not be e.i'iallv liberal towards me we know that our time ot staying 
for writing wh«»t' I have written.— hero will not be long. Our lives are 
And although we may differ in .some j«st loaned to us, and while we stay 
of the minor practices in the Churoh, ; is the time to make our peace with 
I trust we will abate none of our <-Tod. Soon the icy arm of death 
eeal in winning souls to Christ, but wiH close around us, our bodies 
wi'.l labor to-ether if possible more moulder back to du5t, and our spirits 
faithfully than we h.ive hitherto done. ' wing their flight to the spint-world. 

souls, 13 tho prayer of his humble 



Hagerstotcn, Ind. 

Brother George Wolfe, Stockton, 
California, after seudiag a second 
list of subscribers, writes : 

"if the Companion makes or sus- 
tains the same imjirovement this 
year, that it has the last year 1808, 
with that liberality of sentiment, 
should I live so long as next fall, I 
will cjmmeace sooner in the season 

Then let us not fall out by the way. 
I know I am weak, but there is One 
who is very ready to help. 1 still 
have hope to be happy beyond this 
vale of tears. May we all be ready 
when the cjummons comes, and be 
happy in eternity." 

MoNTiCELLO, Ind., i 
Jan. 18th, '69. f 

Brother llenri/ : — I feel like writ- 
ing a few linss to you by wiv of 
to get up a subscription list ; and j Church News. 

hope 1 cin get a Urger ouc. rica^o qu the 17.1. of N.,vombor brother 

send out your subscription list soon- ! C. Long, of M,)unt Carroll, Lhnois, 
ner in the season. I have now got | cuiue to u^ and tarried with us ten 
the Ct;/?i/.-</;tw/i scattered from Sub- j Jays, preaching nineteen times in 
limit V, Oregon, to banta Cruz, on { our Distiiot, which created quite an 
the Lay of Montery, Caliiornia, a interest aaiong tho people. Many 
di.tance ot over six hundred miles. , were made to reflect ,.ver their con 
Hope it H casting bread on the wa- ! dition, ^n.I sum. vielL-d to the call 
ter to b.) found atter manv davs." 1 of the Master c ii-.aih hi-, servant. 

to the joy and com.'ort of believers 
and saints ; while others we hope 
are countinj; the cost?, and ere Ion ' 

R'lSSVILLli, IXD., ) 

Jan. ITth, 'G9. f 

Brother IIMiifjer : — I, as a read- I ^'^' ^^ ready to b<\;in to labor for 
er of the C'jinpaniou, feel very anx- ; *^* Lord in the Vineyard, so that 
ious to read Church News ; and aa I "'^^^ evening comes thej may all 
I see other brethren and sisters ex- I ''^ceive a due reward. 
preMthemielves in the same manner, I I'uring our meeting there was, 
I will, therefore, give a little ac- J apparently, a little pcntecjstal sea- 
count of what has been done here son, for great grace was amou' all ; 
during the last year. ' and going (rom house to house, we 

Since our last Annual Meeting j ate our meat with joy and in single- 
we have received twentvsix souls "ess of heart. 

through the order of Baptum. — 
Those received, varied, we ini^ht 
say, from the first to the eleventh 
hours, though tcostly yount^. 

We pray the Lord still to work 
mightily upon the hearts of others, 
that his House mav become full. 
D. b. SniVELY. 

Through God's blessing the ark 
is still moving slowly on. During 
the past reason we received eleven 
by baptism, and reclaimed one. 

May the Lord still bless the weak 
eSbrU of his bumble servants to la- 
bor faithfully for the advancement 
of his kingdom, and the good of 

Brother J. S. Flory, of Fayette 
Co. W. Va., writes :"" ''Within the 
last month, notwithstanding the rig- 
or of mid-winter, two worthy young 
men have been added to this arm of 
the church by baptism as (jod did 
command. Our congregations are 
small £t this time owing to t)ie prev-. 
alencc of small-pox in the neighbor- 
hood. One cai-e onlv, as yet, prov- 
ed fatal." 

Brother Saml. H Myers, New 
Market, Va., says: "It always af- 
fords me great pleasure to hear 
Church News, ind to see sinners 
turn to God in all our churches. — 
We had an encouraging increase in 
the last year, and also sent laborers 
into the field, lint we lost one of 
the greatest Gospel defenders in the 
Vall«Y, that was b.'-other Daniel 
Thomas. He was a useful and 
laithful brother : ami we hope he 
has sown seed that will yet spring 
up and bring fruit.*' 

QiierislM' Departuaent. 

Brother llohlnijer : — I have been 
a reader of the Companion fur some 
length of timt!, and find much inter- 
esting information ; but have never 
seen an v thing in regard to dealing 
with members. I wish Some broth- 
er would write through the Compan- 
ion the rules adopted by th« breth- 
ren in dealing with lay members, 
deacons, and ministers of the 1st, 
2n'J, and 3rd degrees. The reason 
why I desire this is that a certain 
Elder has proceeded in a way that 
has astonished me. 

R olll.llks. — As a general rule 
the brethren have adopted Matthew 
18th chapter. In regard to bring- 
ing a charge against members, and 
officers of the ch'irch, tliere might 
be something written to edification. 
But we leave this for some of our 
elder brethren to answer, who havo 
had more exparience. Will they do 
it ? The question is seriously made, 
and the querist has given us his 
name and ether particulars. — Ed. 


Brother George Witwer, Ilamil- whj we do net have our preacher miles south of Belltnore andSniiles 
ton Mo., says: "We are always come and preach for us. I think I east of RockviUe, S S Ind - 
gad to see the CY'^,.ro«o« arrive, much good could be done here, if ^ By writing to broth ? John wlF 
May Its progress bo onward ; yea, j we could have the preaching of the ; iams, B.ll.^ore, Ind furthe" infor 
may the truths, principles and prac- Word, and a few brethren te .ettle mati;n can he Obtained 
tice, whicn it advocates, be ragre atnong us If you know of anv min- ^ M \TTHIAS FRA^'T? 

and more disseminated, and may istering brother in limited ciVcum- ' Ladoaa Ind 

the motto of its editor and publisiior stances, refer him to us. Land id ' -'— _l,e-.^ 

b^ that of the apostle : (by way of good, and markets near. Prav fur ^''•*»*'«a^«"m«»«i "«'<♦»! in Sfaepp's 
advice and instruction,) "Finally, \ 0.5 that we may Imld out fiuthfui." Clotliiutf." 

brethren, what<*oever things are! ^ . 7/7^* ;^ , , " I -^^''/'e;- //o^szW/ .• I'jease state 

.tru.». what-^oever things ar<. honest J ^ .^'■f^'^'f, lIohw<jPr:—l did not ^ throu-h the Co mua, don, siiW more 
wlmtsoeverthingfi areju-t, M-hatso- J-'^e the Cow^jawm last year, and jib,„it that "«ulf dre.^sed in sheep's 
ovfr things are mire, .what-of^ver , ''^ that liiavt not obtained the ciothin-," of which brother i> E 
thing-- are lovely, whatsoever thin^rs )^iio^leilg.- 1 mi.rlit have, by tiikin- Jjnihaker wrote, as fuui.d ou ra-e 
are ofgood repo-t; iftheie be anv."'"*'^"7« 1 '^=^''^^ »'"i advance- 5,31 of Vol. 4. of CW/.y^/m-./i 
virbjc, and if an V praise, think on 1 P^''*^^' V' .r"'^ ,'"''' ^^'^''^ ^ "''•^''* '"'''« hi«''^'-v Uie brother jrives 
these things." Ihil. 4:8. ] hav<-, had I read it. So I hope ^ sriouid have been given lon>r a-o 

„_._...^_.. j shal no more sacrifice the benefits even bj my.'^elf. When he?e, she 

Brother John Studabaker oV^""}}^^ ^"^P'"[';{^ and the kind and ; cdjed herself Mrs. Stouffer, and 
South Bend, Ind.,.uadei 
January 23rd, says 
the Lord is going 

arm of the church. The brethren 1 "°P® ^""P ^^p. "^tamed through a j hair ; looks rather p'ale , .... ouu.. 
commenced a series of meetings in i '^"^wiedge of the bcnptures. | -jyijite fingers and hands. She hes a 

Elder Jacob Miller's meeting-house L. -", f^^^oscribed Jor, and received I peculiar mark upon her forehead of 
north of our town on Portage Prai- ; ?'^- - """ ^' ^DTongh which I ob- [ short, brittle-like hairs. She shows 
rie, onthe 16th of the month. I i f-^'"®f .^ S^^/* ""'"^^ of scripture ! seme intelligence in her conversa- 
■!7a3-not able to attend those meet- i P^^V^"'^® *- which I would hav6 : tion. Talk.:^ <'ast and knows r^^avi^ 
inr-s, as I have been confined to my r fc^^»^ea*tt,r<r<rTTittenit the Vjrvpamon.- Q^r^YyUHj. Has a great memory, 
bed for some time, . having been ta- 1 ""^ P^^ "^^^^ ^"'"^^S^ ^}'^\ ^ "^^^ "ot ' and is quick in her ways. She 
ken with Bilious Fever. But I can | i^^^^'er^t-^.nn v-r-> -::-:. .....1 „pon its ' watches and tries to hear all that is 

now sit up again, and, if the Lord P^^r"'' , , . . , "■"^^• 

' - ~ May the iToa oi peace assist the ^ She came to my house in iNov., 

brethren thus to strengthen tae , igbG. Stayed 2| days. She said 

.._ ^^•., ^^".^."o ■"^""- feak,ana spread truth and "gh- f ^^^,^^1 thin which proved to be 

glad tidings that 21 were baptized. ' ^^"'^"^-^^ ^'^'»>>2bo«t the woj^^^^ : M^e. She was also very inqui.I- 

Give God the praise. ''Glory to , -» • B. 1 UKil.K. ; ^j^^^ She said she had $700 in her 

God in the highest, and peace and ^'''■^^"Ll ^V"^^''^ ^''^'^- \ satchel, and also said if it was not 

good-will be towards men.'" ' A brother writeTT"! am pxecty i '°"^'®^'®'^ ^^^^ ^^'^'-^^'^ ^^<^^' *'''® °^'^"®3^- 

. .-^ - ^ * T ^ •„• ! lafce in sending the money : but the | ^aid she had 3 children : 2 daugh- 

Brother Lewis Lerew, Pappillion, { ^^^^^ -^ ^j^^^- j expected to send ! ^^^^ marnod, living in L?e Co., 111., 
Iscbraska, after renevang_ his sub- ] ^^^^ ^^^ subscribers. I di..tributed ' ^^^se husbands were ministers, one 
scnption to tae Compamou, says : \ several copies of my last Vol. but "^™^*^ Lehman. Sam she was in 
''The Coiii^amon is a welcome visit- j ^-^ ^^^^ succeed in .'•e^t'u' any i Fulton Co., 111. I wrote to brother 
or in our family, as it is about all | g.^ij^^^-.^gj.g^ Some havrone excuse i ^^^'^''^.^'^S'^^'' ^"^^ he came to our 
the preaching wejiavo here. V^G\^r,ri some another. One brother i^^"'''^^ 5 ^"? we talked about the 

1 matter. He said she had been 
1^ : there among them, and liad stolen a 
j.g ' silver thimble and a dress of his 
with the Brethren in Vfashington ; ;;"j;;^,27 ^^^ ^J;^;;;^^^^^^^^ He and others took her to be 

county, last I all, but too far aistant ! ^.^ -^^^^ ^^^^ if ^^ ^.^.^ ^^^ ; an impostor.^ , , ^ , 

irom each other to have preaching .^.,^„ f^ ciVar^,-;' -. " ' ' i ■ mis is written taat tne brethren 

,, i-» » i-A i X T \ \ pool LO i::iaOoCl jlu^. ....*:_. ,. ^ 

often. Brother b. A. Moore preach- ! * -k^ - i and sisters may not be imposed 

ed for as last Spring. He had thre-i^ Suforsnutiou. 1 upon by such characters, as pro 

appointments and very good atten- ' I'or tiic information desired by ! fess to be of Christ's fold, but n.y" 
tion. lie was the first of our church . .-nster Martha A. Kirksey of Wrights j not. 

that ever preached in this county. Mill, Ind., I would say there are P. R- WERTZ. 

I have been asked very frequently, , brethren and sisters living about 2 JBlpazo, Ilh.y Deo. 28, 18G8, 

will, I shall recover. Last night, 
(22nd) iny children came homo 
from the meetings, bringing me the 



prosperity of the Clmrch of Christ is 
nlways interesting to rae; and per- 
il u,^ til,. !nwi ?',;.,,. T i.iojj for in the 
aiiilcin^^ ,tii;it 
'uur, , rrtii!-. n i.n-c to )ie;ir ^oiid 
news from the ohurclies, I wir<h to 

say throuorh the Cmixmim, thntdn- i 

rill- the si-is-.n of our Love feast ' i" 5''*' 

g I reuta win pay for halance of this year 

Brother J. H. Garrean, Sinkin- | .-euw win pay for I.alnnco of this year 

nn;;3, Uhio, under date of Janua- i yonrself. 

ISth, says : The News of the ' ^'^'''^^''tes or Distkict Mkktin(is.— 

isperity of the Clmrch of Christ is ^^""^ ^''^ ^*"'"' "^ opposit't>u i>« priiuin- 

- ;*i- .• . . naiuutca of DiKirii'i \r..«i;..o^. av- ., 



— We 

.. ... , ^ the 

miuutca of Disirki Mceliugs. Wo piiut 
them specially for ihu use of the Districts 
to: which the mei-tin-s are bold. The breth- 
ren thiuk if the J.'CLsions of the District are 
(o bo observca by the coaffregutione, then 
thoy onirhttobe known and tindcrstnol hy 
tlic members, and th.y believe ihc best way 
. ^ c such inlormaiioti is to have the:n 
prime 1 and thus afford an opportunity to 
li'it-A rliAti) fMiri u%4 ..II .1. . . 

111 t ;i;r tiiore wore teu received in- . 

t • •■ • C.HWoh hv Chri-tian 1] id- ' ''icn, rc.-.d by mi th. Thev 

ti -: two more \r...\. n^^^^c^t^X,\'^:^Xtu J^T'' ^'V""' '''''' '"^ 

-J.,! ,^ >. I • 1 rr . . .'; 1'"-^ i'UU. it Js the bisi plan for th.' Dimi-if.i 

a.,d „:,e r..I:tuued XJy.n the wh.Ie , meeting, to deoid., wh'le rot i. s -o J 
we had a v^^ry u.tercstit.g nu-eiiiiv: : { nu.nv <oMcs.i,.v ui,M,,..:„ „„„ , -° '.' '"." 
the n-.rmhers scomi-d to cnjov the 
meeting quim well." ' j 

ME.— Who is me? A letter enclosing $1.50 
eays : "I waht you to send me the Compan 
ion to Bueuavista, Tuscarawas Co., Ohio " 
without n word more Now how arc wc lo 
know to whom to send the paper ? Michael 
G., and Michael and Harry Shu't 
each were subscribers last year. It may be' 
one ornipin, but we dmrt know, 

m admit no poetry ,in,ieva,.y ,in„v.„un- 

^:»»,,,.usr „U,Uike, and,:. .L; ,";,,' 
■'t}\srii With all, "It 

nii.ny topics th.y uili have, aud ali-o to l.oM 
a (o:i.clioi. aud lais. the money, ai.d K-ud ii 
wiih the o;der. Wc will fend them pon 
p. id at the above mtes (all to one address), 
providing they do- not make more than two 
CumitanioH pages. 

Saml. J. LiVEjJGOOD, Grantsvillc, Md — 
Brother G. W. Studebaktr's address la Muu 
cie, Delaware Co., Indiana 

All .%nswer. 

^Iii Companion Vol. 5, No. 1, page 
13, I see a query propoundei,Mhich 

reads as follows: "will some one -» <...«.«»» la jiuu 

please ijive a scriptural rea'^on why i ^'*'' "'^''";»'« Co., Indiana. 

the .?ister3 do not lay aside their car ' tno^w- !'v'^"'' ^'"'■'^■'°"' ^"J- Let us 

rae:-- when they arise from ^n^Z \)Z^^^^^^ - 

•-> - ^\ foPt''' kr ■ 'i P^^ I .7'^'^*^ '° ispubli.shed, and wc willgladly send 

v'-Vr n«t •. .V . f- -'^''°J'°"'^'SJ^tcac!oscatwoccatstamp 

- ^ •. er.^ Uear sister, there is no | to prepay the postage. VVe lik" to accommo- 

;,'■ ' ^' ^ question, for ii \ ''»'« «"'" P^t'ons, but hope they win spare ns 

•' . --istcra, 03 well ' t'><^t"ue of looking up matters which thcr 

: r..:u. a .: . lay aside their ^p"'* •*"=• ""' '''''' i^»»'-e- ^ad yon said^ 
Its hcfore washing feet, their J ! T """ ^'''- ~ ^''•- -'" ^'^d Min- 
■ " kincrs : or ir. nfK.. I "'". "^^-'^"^'l -fleeting of 1S68, we could 

■!<iaS3 : C)r in other 

J, ^. iuu^j, jvi; COUid 

lAfiR tiTVtA *Knn {«■ f " 

WOlds : ^ nuents of their feel ; less time than it recnnv^t^r^ '",'• "'^" '" 

And as tne noun -garments" is spo- ' a.d yon would hT.^^^^^^^^^^ 
ken m the plural number, all the before you read this o" Jht ^0^?"' 
brethren ..nd sisters Jmitato the ex i -' -tended for you onlvrbut t Cid b" 

■ deader and head '■. "^^'^ ^"^ "" O'"" customers to note it Say 
■-■Ti«-therpis nei- ' J"'' ^^''^ ^'°'^ ^^'^"t' •■»"d w. will accommo"- 

■• for ve are all ■ '^"''•'■°" P'oi'Pib-, if ic our power, but do 

and hies to see v.hat you wish to have. • 
^AiirijL BaL:MBAC(;u, Davenport, Iowa— 
i our letter of December U, containing $1.50 
^=.^0 yet come to hand. Try 75 cents, and 
tve Will lose the other 75. 

IcttrVr.r'''-'''''''^"' ^''"^"t««». JM. Xo 
Did you have tt registered ? It is dangermts 
.0 enclose mouey wijhout registering Tou 
balb^ter spend a few cents Lrcuflmlk; 
„1f.!'.,^':'"^'.-'':^'"''»'»'X,0. The 5-16 



'H, Ohio. 


J. B. 8dm-k,.t, Pyrmoat, lud. Our list 's i 
^^-.^«hat confu-od among the Shirelev's at I 
• oat. -V.:or.!!us to our books your sub ' 
! wi'-U Vol. 4. However we 

•rn-itnpin tin- new boo!.-, t^- 

In Carroll coiinfy, Tr: 1. o:i rl- a', „( n„^ 
' iSflS brother J.-\COI Ffcf FR *''^: 
TO years. 3 n-.onti.s and 3 d!,ys "^'^' ""*^'' 

rie emigrated from Franklin county Vir 
if nun, some four vears ,.ro with hi rrir J 

c.t a dear t^tlwr, as does alfo the church of 
«moo( Its laith.ul and pious old pos s vho 
w.s ever conteurtinu- for the old l.i nc" maks 
TTe was a brother in the llesh to Elder David 
Fishcr,otu; house-keepcr iu the Montic" J 
church. Funeral services by the brctbV,n 
from Rev. 14 : 1:2, 1.3. ^ oiUUien 


In the Yellow Creek Church, Stcnhc-n r,. 
Ills., Jan. lath 1.^69. JOHN GIRL n^?-., 70 
>^ars and 1 days Kunery service 'by^breth- 
n.n_ Allen and Robert Beyer. Telt, Sh 

n *, o, E. MISHLER. 

On the 21st day of Octob.M- T«F.<i ;„ w 
River Church, St. Joseph eounrvv" v^'"""' 
WILLI \M HF-N'Rv V,\.- '.""'^ty- -^Iichiean, 
.saac^^nd fls^^r^'Ja y"^" , -" of brothe; 

qu nsy^ Age, 8 month^ a^l'^^^^Vs ""'^l 
-Miller IS a si.-sior in (!•.»« . "">». oister 

brother Courfd VjimVX?''' J''''''^'=^ 
Somerset Co.' Pa. Funera? h- ^'^^'■^' ^^"'«' 
ter Long and the wrftcr ''"'■°'""" ^^ ^«- 

T 41 ,,r George Lonu. 

lu the West Branch Church iii!„ . t 

tcstam. w."!! .ri ; , " "'"lost an 
^bo dieil. Sire1.^nl 'l^'eV'K'i 'T?'='iT 
dren and sisters to her bedsH. -f,^!, " *''"^* 
all a kind farewell InH, hi '^'"iffaye them 
the world, and g ve he.seif intn h ' ."'''''" '° 
the Lord, ^^yir,ish:^rls%\X^l .^^^nds of 
The cause of her death wasSnTtnenf'v'- 
neral services by bioaicr TT-^l \r "'• ^°- 
others, from IlcvelatiouTu-To^i^'^r;!'", '^^'^ 
concourse of people. " ' ■ "' " '^rge 

ViBilor please copy. "^'^"'^ ^- ^'*n^- 

■i» being jput. 
-- to band let ns knon-. 

^f ^,'' '^',V''-"' Edgworth. Tcnn 
S.ephen Joon.Bonbrook, Va 

;--Mhat yon had credit ol^^n y el'lo ^ '^^^ l^.t^ ' ^S^o'^Vd 

_ ne havibg j^id «2 last year. AecSrdiugly, ^"^'^{"^'^ Iioilin°; Spr? J.,'?; 

ae figure .shoaJd have been changed to G-IC KiL\T''^ ^'P''*'' Strafvsberry, 
?hleh T»«« i.,~i,-. 3 . . ° '""*"> Mi-Kicr John Hiin««i,i- t 'J? 

- " „ 7"-'";""' I^o-blc Pipe Creek, Md. which was ncXu.; n '"'""^•^'^ '° '-^«' ^'''<='- >ohn h'uuX? lor^^^Z: P«- ^-SO 

■• The name ha., ^J Tc" HlZ T """^ "' ''"'' ^"^ '"'^t»'^^« ? Gnmp Vrry", III " j-50 

«Le^ you said yon were '•either entitled to J7„'"*/««nj:> W. .Mc.v-.nUria, Ohio r^ 

- C. K.„. .:.,... ^^ „„^^^^^ o paper or to the p^^ ,., «., ,,,,,, ^,. , J ^^--^ Paid U. X. 1. ^^^ . ^^ 


C. KtiM, Klklic 
-ve you notrceeircd/ 

- not sent us a full ll«^ xi. ^i 

nin,3fo.^SLxtT Corr^Uon. ^""""^ •^°" ''^^^ '^= 

Jacob sTHarlrv '.^r ■°- ^"' P'"« 
J P Xv,^ p •^' - "'^ ^^^^J^'ii'ton, Pa. 
r,- '^^■^.y'-e, Fnirvifcwvillc pa 

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NusniER G. 

r.'.ll-M OKXXVir. 

NVIioro B:ilu"<"» siillou oun-eiit Hows, 

In ti>:irs«in^l lio;ul;ii:rt we sat down ; 
And on \^e lH'ndin<r willows' boughs 

Our *Uoul Uuri>3*vc sadly hung. 

Our c»viors craveil our ancient strains, 
Ajjd bjide us strike Ibe tuneful siring , 

But how can we, in tears and chains, 
The s<^gs of j«!j. and freedom siug. 

NowVhile we \reep by BabpVs streams, 

•Cnn wo Ihu sonirs of Zion sing ; 
Not here uplift those lioly liyiuns 

Which wailed ouc« forjiioa's King. 

<,»h, 7.ion ! If I thee for^rot, 

TUoajrh caplive in aa hostile land, 
^tav'sneac* on niy'toulfuc he set. 

Anl powerless be my skillful haad. 

Ah. Fabel ! Soon thy d:iy shall conic, 

Whou ^d ^hall snrite thy towers of wrong -, 

Then IsracT"* tribes, retiKDiu:; hpnic, 
Shall tune yic harp and wake the eong. 

i, —TTtt Christian, 

yor tke pfnipanioH. 

A\ iiat a vast field opens yj) to the Bible student up- 
on a thoroUjjh inv^stitration of the types, shadows and 
prophecies of the Uld Testament scriptures ! The 
more the mind ia introduced to the marvelous work 
logs (jf Jcliorah rB exhibited therein, the mere we are 
made to reverence and adore the great I AM. 

16 tbis article we desire to cull from that rich gar- 
den of *Tod's own plan'ing a leaf or two, — offer a fev; 
..■■■ •' ■ :0'in, beiog njoved by no other motive 
: >Jod's name, or add a mite to the cr^use 
and undefi'.ed religion. Then to proceed, let 
. ■ a look &t tin; great City Babylon, first built as 
••ly as tha days of ^imrod and became tiie chief city 
(JhaMea. It was under King Nebuchadnezzar that 
attained to tkat state of magnificence as to render it 
■ wonder of the world. Profane historians assert 
'. it was from in to CO miles in circumference, was 
1 niThito over GQO sijuares, and surrounded by walls 
1 feet in height and ?.') in breadth. "Within its lim- 
■was tite great temple Jielus, or Jupiter, supposed 
iiave been built on the massive foundations of the 
^inal tower of Babel. The variom allusions to this 
■at city by the sacred Word, gives us every reason 
i.LJicve in its reputed size and splendor, and that 
the liord designed it for his special purpose— forge it 
jito a massive link in his marvelous chain of events in 
he grand scheme of human redemption. While in its 
fnunleur and power, free from th? ravages of war, the 
oice of prophecy pronounced the doom of Babylon, 
imd fall of her arrogant aud Toluptuou.i inhabitants. 

It will be remembered it was to the city the- J jw? 
were carried in captivity at tlie taking ol .loru^aloin 
by Nebuchadnezzar ; the treasures of the temple as 
well as the wealth of the City, were carried thence by 
the conqueror.'?. The vengeance of the Lord was thus 
poured out against those whoso sins were so great that 
he "would not pardon." 

The prophecies respecting Babylon anl the sur- 
rounding country are many and the lapse of ages has 
given evidence upon evidence to confirm the fact tiiat 
the Word of the Lord is sure and that cotnpl'jte fKldl- 
ment has followed the predictions relative to ancient 
Babylon. Sec Isaiah loth and -IGtk chapters : Jere- 
miah 25th and Slst chapters. Cyrus was the chosen 
Instrument of the Lord to march with a great army 
against Babylon. The Babylonians felt secure, be- 
lieving their walls were impregnable, made no effort to 
repulse the besiegers, thus fulfilling "the mighty men 
of Babylon have foreborne to fight : they have remain- 
ed in tiisir holds." Being possessed with provisions 
for twenty years, they 'lauohed at their enemies and 
continued to Eve in all sinfulness and false confidence. 
But alas for fcliem 1 the' great River Euphrates that 
flowed through the "Oity was suddenly turned from its 
former course as was declared : "I will diy up thy Sea, 
and make thy springs dry — I will dry up thy rivers." 
Thus a ''snare was laid for Babylon, and it was taken 
and -it was net aware ; it was found and also caught ; 
for it had sinned against the Lord." The city v/as 
thus taken by the army entering along the dry bed of 
the River ; her beautiful streets were soon thronged 
with soldiers. "I will fill thee with men as with cater 
pillars." And so on ever}' step was but a fulfilment cf 
a prophecy respecting her. (Jreat indeed wa" 4ier 
fall. In her presumptuous pride she said: "I shall be 
a lady forever." But the Lord said : "Come down 
and sit in the dust daughter of Babylon ; sit on the 
ground, there is no throne, daughter of the Chalde- 
ans." And it was done. In makiag an" application 
of the many words of prophecy as touching the com- 
plete destruccion of this once glorious city to the pres- 
ent state of her ancient site, the boldest skeptic surely 
must belie-ve in the Divine origin of the Scriptures. 

"Thoy come from a far country ; from the end of 
the earth, to destroy the whole land." Such was truly 
the case. J'ersians, l^tacedcnian3, llomans, Turks and 
those of many other nations were instrumental in de- 
stroying that once fertile land, and "golden city." — 
Modern travelers tell us, it is a barren desert that can 
not be tilled and the former site of the city a heap of 
ruin?. Prophecy say.^ : "Babylon shall become lieaps." 
'•Tvot ratkiiig cf her he left." "A desolation, a dry 

.:^__ : . , ' . ' 'CHiliSTIAiJ FA^vIItY COMPANlOi^ 

I ami and a vriiaernoss ' We ar^ ako iutbrtRed :- 'partakers of her sins." Who ^vill not V^^ tH=s4nv=fc- 
• .here arc many den. of wdd beasts ia various parts, i fion of the Spirit of the Lord ^ th^s^n^.ta- 

:^>^'in m^- ^?Z.!'/:'^'''^°"^ ^7 often pool, of. Brother, sister, or friend, .ee to 5c that you do^not 
.a.e.,mmo..(H.heciv:tie.apnm.ber. ofbats^and oip ff orft the -gt^lden cup in' her hand*" In anpeat! 
..^ ' ™'e!^!:^ J^^T"' /^\^^? r^i'^- °^ ^'^'^^ - may be fascinating, s.eet may be the ^C 

prophets" have an esseatia) import reaching into the i Fatjetteville W. Vn 
I'ature, our next step will be to consider the subject iin- 

— as *— »^ — » 55*»— 

er that head. As the law was the '^school-master" to i Fur the Companion. 

The Bad IlaiS-Crowu. 

Ccrdiniiecl from page oO; 

bring us to Christ, we deem it a dut}' of every pilirrirn 

'vho is seeking a better country, to look back into the 

law and prophets, that he may profit by the literal cu- j t " r^l-c^v-orl tl^of +t,^ \..>a i ..u ^ j i 

<-r.frv,^r.f/fi,«\.^ J^„ 11 11 ' n 1 J- obsei\ea mat tne bacl Jiali-crown Jiad a 

actments there recorded as well as have all our hones I ,..--,., , . n . 

-.-onfirmed and ?eal strengthened by looking at them in • si"Qi»g J-^ce like a good one, and outvvardiy it 
i typical signification. That there is such a meaning j ^^^ the stamp upon_ it. Bat at heart it was 
attached to the Old Scriptures, there is no doubt. But ; bad. There was no silver there : only base met- 
to proceed, let us take a faint view of tho ante-type of al. It was a hypocrite, a mere professor. It 
ancient Babylon. .John the Revelator, while in the pretended to be' what it was not, it had a fair 
Spirit, was permitted to see a ";voman" upon whose outward appearance, but nc reality in heart, 
forehead was a n'ime v.-ri'ten ; '-.^ivsriiRY ; Babylon t ^i,^^ , i e +i +u 4- 4-x -i r- j i. 

tiibGrevi'" ! -L ODserved lurther that the nail ol judgment 

It is not my design to particularize on this subject. ' P\^^.^.^^ ^°^!^ the head and the heart. Mouni^ 
^kffice it to say, hope we may be allowed to call every , f^i^ iliustralion of the seat of tue thoughts, the 
thing originating from an influence of any other spirit , affections, and- passions, being penetrated with 
than from the true Spirit of God, as a combination of the iron rod of God's displeasure ! Oh ! is such 
sin to which may be ascribed the appellation of "J/ys- indeed the end of the mere formalist ! Unques- 
Ury, Bahylonr It is no far-fetched theory to say I tionably ; and of all Christless, graceless souls. 
darkness or a spirit of wickedness controls her actions | .^j^^ i.,>]iteousness of God will judge all evil.— 
when it 13 said: '"ihe beast shall ascend oufe of the hot- ' , t ?i i^. -11*1, • i i ^^ ? i- i ^ 1 
tomless pit." "She sa,th in her heart, I sit a queen, i ^ut I thougb.t, will the wicked at last be fixed 
and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow." How | to one place? The doomed halt crown could 
like ancient Babylon who declared, "I shall be a lady ; not move. How monotonous, how ignominious ! 
forever." The predictions were said concerning i Affixed to one spot, a public spectacle, a once 
her how truly they were fulfilled. What is said of this ' shining professor, but now a detected, dishonor- 
^'Mystery, Bahylonr "Babylon the great is fallen ^ ^,^^ doomed deceivei ! Bat shall it be so at last^ 
is fallen and is beco.iae the habitation of devils, and , ^^j^^^ all who have no true interest in Christ, 
tae hold of every foal spirit, and a cage 01 every un- : , 9 -rt t «,„ n 

clean and hateful bird." Like ancient Babylon it is a professors or not professors ? Mo., assuredly • 
"great city " "decked with gold and precious stones: tne word Oi trutn has gone loriu Irom the hps : 
"iaojic /iW so great riches is come to naught." 0, of him who cannot change. It stands recordad 
may we all read and understand — let us look into the,' in the statute book of heaven, and thus it runs ; 
Christian world, and take warning when we see the ' g^^d j^-i^y my readers mark it well: "Ho that bel 
contrast standing out in bold relief between it and the lieveth on the Son hath everlasting life : he thai 
Gospel. Merchants ;j;of the .gospel) havQ. grown rich ^JbeKeveth not. on ^\q Son hath nQt life,*but thle 
"by her." JSe^oldjlhe '^old affd precious &tor:: '' ' 'if df God r^ " " '' ^ ';- ^ • ^^ |f, 

decbtbp te/lnples of' ,'i^elus/"an(i see li»w "ail i. 
have draiili of the wino of 4)iia 'wrath, of her lornU 
i-l^s." ■ o«t of heJ«fcy^e&pl5, t" 

X-. f'fl 


appear iVom tho parable that any of the guests | and hypocritical ways, he is cast outside the 
thoutrht that ho wos dilferent to themselves.— i presence chamber oftlie king, and has no niean^ 

So thoronirhly jip.d the reality been imitalcd ; 
and so it is now, I fear. Immense numbers in 
the present d;iy make a profession of religion of 
whom no man on earth coijld feci quite certain 
as to whether tliey were real or merely formal 
christians. Their lives are strictly mor;d, they 
regularly attend some place of worship, they 
give their money for church, mission and bencv- 

of resisting tho righteous bat fearlul judgmcn' 
that he has brought upon himself. 

Oh that careless, thoughtless sinners, an^l 
mer3 nominal professors, would think ou'thes - 
awfid realities now, and take warning. Tii 

time is Aist coining when it may bo too late. 

Soon shall all who now dwell on tlie earth hav- 
to take their respective places cither in the li^di • 

olent purposes, they sing Psalms and hymns as and sunny regions of eternal Mory or hrth 
sweetly as any one they read the scriptures, dark dungc-on%f eternal woe "t J scri tur^ 
- ^ray and preach, and ye xhen tlie unmistakable are plain and absolute. God is ri bteous^ rnV; 
ngns of Divine hie in tlie soul are looked for : 1. a /-,,-, n,.r.,.^,.^ r *i • I i^ ^S piteous, and 
the scrch is in vain. \Vc l.ave t„ I.nv. 'I' f "/''P^ ?_ .f "°"""3 '-=!' ■■■gl'teons tha,; 

the search is in vain. AVe have to leave such 
cases, thankful that we arc not their judges, un- 
til the Lord comes. 

Such seems to have been il;e case in tlic par- 
able. He may have occupied a high place among 
professors, bat tliere Avas no ('leaving of the 
heart to Christ, and trusting in him alone. Ol-i 
no, for the full promise of God is sure to all who 
trust in Jesus. '^}^lessed are all they that put 
their trust in hi:n." Ps. 2 : 2 ■?. lie was a stran- 
ger to the love and grace of God in Christ J e- 
su-i. Tie was a rejecter of grace, and men are 
faved by orrace alone, through faith and without 
works ol law. 

But though he had succeeded in d.-ceivino- 
the guests, he could not deceive the King.— I 
And wlien the Kiiig came in to fs the gue.sts I 
he saw there a man which had r.^con a Aveddin'r | 
irment, and he saith unto him : "Friend how 

himself. lie is tho only true God, and can ac 
cept of nothing less true than himself. lie In 
but one standard and Christ alone is up to hi ; 
nieasure. Nothing will pass as currency at th,- 
Judgment Seat that has not the name of Ghri-i 
stamped upon it. 

The sinner can only b- received, approve(5 
and justified in the worthines-o of Christ Il- 
ls the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man 
can come unto tlie Father but by him : he is th- 
door, the only way of entrance into the Father's 
House. Ayiicn the sinnei- draws near tp Go(i 
m the faitli of his own worthlessness, and th ' 
worthine-*s of Christ, be is accepted— acceptcn 
m tlie Beloved. Christ is ready to receive ali 
taac come to him : he casts out none. Oh then 
unpardoned, unsaved sinners whether yoii hav ' 
made a profession or not, at once with yoiu 
whoie heart turn to Jesus in the full assuranc • 

irhekingto the ser.^ ts > bTu^ ^^^^^ to receive you. He is able, h. 

^(oot and take him away, and ct n nto o,?" ' n',?' 1 I"" 1: '"? t' 'chief of sinners." With- 
darknes., there shall be weenh ! a;,! ' ' ^^/^^ 1 °^^^ ^^^^^^f /^f. ^o the arms of Jesus : flee fron, 
of teeth." Matth. ->: 1:3 Tl"? .t- Th ^^' ^'^" T^ ^'"^ "^^ '"'^^^^ ^°<^"^ o 

closo to a long life of hi.Wi' sound Iv'^?;^;^^--' ''] \ "'"f •' '^''^'''- ^' ^ ^°^^ «^^^^^'' ^''^ke refug. 
What an end'for one who ha ha ^ Y^J T^ ' I ? '"'" ''^^? ''''' "J.^^^ *^ '^'^ ''^'^ ^^v sinner's. 
-^ the churcli on earth ! And al s ' fbfalKd ''"i i^ ^ T\ ^' '""^'^ ^ ''^'^'' «^ thorns. 

■ uot Christ! Bound i^ndtndfo V i ' '" w^^'"'' °^'^^' '''''' °^ ^"^' '^'^^ ^ou ami i 

into the place of iud.miS ' Zt t'Z, | 7^'la^^K T'T ^' '''''' I''' '''''' ^^ ^ 

must I piei>,ea \y.h a soidiei s spear that you and } 

into the place of judgment 
where he falls 
vherein he 
vas determ 

iisownwayinspite'ofe;;r;w;;;in.?MriH;?^i7^!'^^^^^ an eternal weiglit ofglory.- 

m is n.;i..r f. .L ... _Y7^';ainn.g, bat iiov, ^ Ilien be careless no longer; sligb^t the jfaviorof 

accordinsr t() 

■e place of judgment. Now ho must"4d wiVi a s. p '• ^'"^^- , ^^^art wa ; 

10 i3 nailed to the one snot- hn r. ,." 'i ' ■ • " "'' <:™ic5s no longer; slight 

,,..•11 , 1 1 • ^ • '"' t^-'^' "avo his'suiners no lonTOi-. believe in ?,?,i 

; le l"lr,", ™5" "« ^'^T:'- •"••-'PPod the Wenl bf (Jod ' " '""' 

• viic,na ™.,„e.-,a. of-i;i;'o™'T:iij;;.^;^,™;^^„i;:^^ t^tz^it 


c::: :::'_i.: .A..u^i cojii-aisiok. 

shall receive remission of sins." Aces 10: 43 

JLmtinfjton, Ltd., Jan. 24:lh, '69. 

For the Companion 
Brother Bnrlshapi's Query. 

\, ^ ~ ■ — — -^ — ^ ^ ' — ..^. ^ 

ed. "To him give allthc prophets witness that ' heaven and of course Liai-ule would bl^fTI^^^ 
through his name whosoever believeth in him i nature ; but is tliat sa3»ing because he is going to leave 

lieaven and extend his territory or kingdom to earth's 
remotest bounds, that he must have no kingdom in 
heaven at the earae time ? 8o brotlier M. arcu°es to my 
mind. See Luke 17 : 21. '^Neither shall "they sav, 
lo ! here ; or lo ! there ; for behold ! the kin-nlum of 
heaven is within you." That is to say the first" princi- 
T , , i■^ ^■^ .1 ■ ■ • , . P^^^^' ^^'^ feelings which constitute hoaven, are set up 

i do not feol like doiag this subject justice as some : in your heart, or afiectious if you have experienced 
claim, but while others are throwing in of their abund- that change of mind and soul which is necessary to 
ance, 1 will throw in my mite. Neither c?n I say but make you my disciples. ' 

that 1 have serious doubts about Christ being the least Truly his kingdom is not of this world ^or it would 
or greatest as spoken of in the text. I then be like this world ; because it is not of this worid, 

It appears to me so plain that he liad no reference ; is not saying that it is not in the world. Why not then 
to himself at all, that it admits of no doubt in my mind, i the kingdom of heaven be on. earth and in heaven at 
J^ee Matthew 18th chaptpr, where the disciples wanted ! the ?amc time ? 

to know who was greatest in the kingdom of hearen, — ! We must not this blessed and great kinirdom. 
^'And Jesus called a little child unto him, and- set him j Brother JL says, "And, as there are none in the^Jcing'- 
in the midst of them, and said : Verily I say unto you, ' dom of heaven ijet that are born of women/' &c. And 
i^c, "Whosoever therefore shall humble him-self as this further admits ttiat we are all born of women ; hence 
little child, the samo_ shall be greatest in the kingdom he has not only shut himself out of the kingdom of 
uf heaven." If riiiist had been both least and great heaven, but everybody else, from Cain and Abel down 
est in his kingdom, there would have been no use for to this time. This is a hard saying for mortal man to. 
this example and remarks of our Lord, upon this sub- make. Who can bear it ? 

ject. lie certainly then had no reference to himself at I When Christ was transfigured on the Mount, there- 
all as being least or greatest in his kingdom; but j appeared unto them Moses and Elias. This proves 
plainly says, lie (it matters not vf ho) that humbleth j then that some have got into this kingdom, and born 
iiimsclf a? that little child, should be greatest, &c.,and : of women too. Again, brother M. is "born o*" woman 
upon the same ground of reasoning, he that failed most I aid is a minister of Jesus. Now there are but two 
to comply with these rct^uisitions of humility, would be [ kingdoms — one of Jesus, or light, and the other of the 
least in his kingdom. I devil, or darkness ; and though brother M. has by bis 

We believe in degrees of glory in the kingdom cS' words, shut himself out of this kingdom of light, we not 
heaven ; that is to say, that some saints enjoy more hap- only believe ho is in the kingdom of heaven, but that 
piness than others, from the fact of having more ca- j he is a faithful minister in the same, and tryin'' to de- 
pacityto enjoy. And the Apostle refers to this when \ stroy the works of darkness. 

he says, "As one star differs from another starin glory, j Truly there is an error taught in brother Jll.'s syllo- 
so we are to differ," &c. Having this clearly before j gisixi, for it opposes Christ's express language wherein 
the mind, then, that there are different grades of Saints I he says in the text, "Among those that are born of 
in the kingdom of heaven, and that they are all per- 1 women there hath not risen a greater than John the 

Baptist." Brother M. says "that Christ's express lan- 
guage is that John is greater than any born of woman." 
We don't understand it so, for the word greater is in 
the comparative degree, and admits of a comparison 
between two or more, — great, greater, greatest. Now 
if Jesus meant that all men born of women were less in 
every respect than John, he would have used the word 
;roateit ; hence we understand him to say that other 

fcctly happy from the least to the greatest of them, 
then comes in the text that the least perfon in this 
kingdom, or blessed state, is greater than John the 
Baptist. Nothing can be plainer to my mind. 

We believe brother Thomas has answered rightly, 
brother Moomaw to the contrary, notwithstanding. — 
We think brother M. has failed to answer brother 
Burkhart's query, for his whole essay showed that he 

tried to confound brother T.'a testimony and did not , men have been, or may be, as great as John, but that 
throw light, or information upon the subject as the i none caa surpass him in greatness- though he may have 
(|ucrlst wished to know. We should stick to our text, many equals in greatness. We understand then by the 
Brother M. tries to confound brother T.'s testimony in | phrase, "Tho kingdom of heaven is set up within us, 
regard to Christ's kingdom, by quoting passages where j and that we are in the kingdom," to be nothing more 
it refers to tb.e celestial worlil ; and again where it re- 1 or less than to bo under the rule and control of oar 
fers to this world, and thinks that this kingdom is con- 1 blessed Lord ; or, in other words, to be in a state or 
lined to either one world, or, the other. We beg to ! condition as spoken of in the 5th chapter of 1st Cor., 
differ. The words themse'ves tell us that this kingdom ' where the old man and his doeds arc purged out; then, 
i^ froui heaven. Did not these men quoted by brother ! 2nd Cor., oth chap., whore old things tu-e passed away 
\l , t'.ll us Ui:it {\\h King Jesus was coming from [uiid all tli' 'gs became new in Oui^t desus. "'Hio 



things whk'li I once loved I now hate." In short, one 
•who jbevs the coramanils of Jesus is ia his kingdom, 
whether it b? on earth, or in heaven. 

We don't expect though to enjiy but little (compar- 
atively speaking) of hia kingdom here, for tho Apostle 
says, (loth chap, of 1st Cor.) ''For now wo sec througii 
a glass darkly, but then, (in heaven) f-^co to face. — 
Now I know m part, but then shall I know even as I 
am known." Again, (^Ist. Cor. '2nd chap.) "But as it 
is written .• Eye hath not seen, nar car heard, neither 
hath it entered into tho heart of man, tho things which 
<iod prepared for those that love hiiii." As if he 
hud said : though it is such a blessed thing to be con- 
verted, and have our sins washed away, and live a new 
creature in < 'hrist Jesus, and to enjoy all the blessed 
fruits of such a course here which makes us so com- 
fortable and happy ; this is only the beginning of good 
things to come, and the best is reserved for the last 
when we shall have entered throu;rh the srates into the 
heavenly city ; then, and not till then, shall wo fully 
realize the blessedness of his kingdom ; then, and not 
till tlien, will we he fully fpialified to understand and 
cnjov the height and depth, and length and breadth of 
this blessed Kingdom. ' ASA WARD. 

S'l/^cfSi'iHe, Md, 

for the Companion. 
Tlie City of our God. 

"For thoy Ihst say sucli thinu:s declare plainly that they seek a 
country" — '-But bow they desire a better, that "l3 an heavenly: — 
wlierefore Go.1 is not asha"mcd to be called their God ; for he "hath 
prepared for thcin a city." Heb. 11 : 1-t — 16. 

It is a fact fully establrshed by the true Christian's 
chart — the Word of Cod — that he must pass through 
great tribulation ere the welcome applaudit resounds 
in his hearing,— "Well done, good and faithful serv- 
ant." "All that will live Godly in Christ Jesus shall 
suffer persecution," saith I'aul. Jn comparing scrip- 
ture with scripture, we will find that there is a groat 
deal_ contained in th.- clause, "will live godly." It 
implies an action, and one that is patterned alter a 
<lod. And from Genesis to Revelations, we find that 
everything that springs from God is justice, right- 
eousness, and holines?. "Without holiness no man 
shall see tho Lord." He it is, I think, where the 
cliristian comes to a cross-road after ho has started 
for the <'ele3tial City. When everything goes alon^ 
smoothly and nothing crosses his pathway he goes his | 
way rejoicing; but, aias ! he soon gets into the wil- 
derness periiaps where the waters are a littb bitter, 
or a littli persecution arises for tho Word's sake, and 
then in his heart he turns back and tries to comfort 
himself with merely the name of christian, lie will 
live godly, bit it is ia service to tho god of this world, 
which god with all his substmico is going to be burned 
up. Hence, then, comes up tho language of the king 
of glory to his disciples when some of them were turiT- 
ing back. He says to the twelve: "will yo also go 
away "r"' ''Lord to whom shall we go ? thou the 
W'>rds '."f eternal life," gavs I'eter. 

^Vhen the conllict rages sore, when tlic soldier of 
Jesus is brought to his knoos, when ic comes t)the 
point for (.Jod or Mammon, it soemeth to me if lie can 
only muster up strength enough to look lo his Chart, 
and read : ''thou hast tiie words of eternal life," "all 
power is given unt:) mo in heaven and earth: this i\ 
enough ; and then, with a Peter, he is willing to do 
any thing to have a part with hi.-; Lord. ICveu a look 
from the .Master upon Peter wis sufficient for him to 
remember, "His word unto hiv:!." Peter loved his 
Master, and had a respect unto tiie recompense of r-)- 
ward. For says he "Wo have not followed cunningly- 
devised fables when we made known uuto you the 
power and coining of our Lord Jesus Christ, but wero 
eye-witnesses to his ninj?sty. — Tuis is my Beloved 
Son in whom I am well pleased. And tins voice which 
came from Heaven we heard when we were v.iih him 
in the holy mount." 

If we wish even ever to have a foretaste of the glo- 
ry that is going to be revealed inside the walls of tho 
New Jcrasalem we have to ascend the Holy Mount- — 
I me.^n the Word of God, the whole of it. There is a 
city we may get a glimpse of without climbing so high. 
It is also a "great city " and "mighty men '" bolon >■ to 
that city. It is the devil's counterreit city of the Now 
Jerusalem, and I suppose it is as good as men and dev- 
ils could make. Its steepl'-s tower very high, its cost- 
liness is very great, the golden cup ia freely paise 1 
around, many, many thousands gather around its altar ; 
and were you to come near enough to them and sco 
them leap and oar them shout, you would or mi>'ht 
suppose they had already got into the New Jerusalem. 
B>it alas, alas ! when you come to examine their ban- 
ner, you will find inscribed upon it, in large letters : — 
Nox-ESSENTIALS. That is enough for the true follower 
of theljord Jesus Christ to knovv of that city, he sees 
upon his Chart the name of it, "Babylon," and presses 
on towards the New Jerusalem, the city of his God. — 
I believe it is a city worth striving for,'^evensacrificina' 
our all to obtain it. We have aa account of its rich° 
ness given us in Revelations 2l3t chapter ; and its 
richness exceeds that of any city that there ever was 
in this world, or ever will be. AVho ever heard tho 
like ? "And the city was pure gold like unto clear 
glass." Who would not love to dwell in such a Citv ? 
And the beauty of it all is, that it is an everlasting 
one. The happy family that shall occupy that blessed 
consolation, sliall never be parted. But how is it here? 
We may be of a family we think a great deal of. How 
hard it is to part with one ? But wo must confess wo 
have no abiding city here. Oh ! then let us strive 
anl strive lawfully and manfully for the city of our 
God. He that will be rich let him be rich indeed bv 
laying up his treasure in heaven, "where moth and 
rust does not corrupt. ^'Blessed are they that do his 
commandments that they may have a right to the treo 
of life and enter in through the gates into the citv ~ 
liov22:lL F. G.McNLTT. 


Christian Family Companion. 

Tyrofie Vity, Pa., Feb. 9, 1869. 
Ofsr Visit tii C'liiiSa«5eiphfa, 

As noticed in our last, on 
the 28th ultimo, we took the 
train for the city of brotherly 
love, whence wc arrived in duo 
time next morning, without 
fear or molestation. We at 
once set out for our brother 
Spanogle, who is in business at 
No. 220 North 3rd St., in order 
to learn where we might join 
brother Myers. But we were 
informed that he had changed 
his programme, and had left the 
city the day before, and had 
gone to Indian Creek congrega- 
tion. And as the Brethren had 
a meeting in progress in their 
meeting-house at Crown St., we 
were earnestly entreated to re- 
main with them, and assist in 
the labors of the house of the 
Lord. We accordingly consent- 
ed to remain for a few days, 
still expecting to follow our old 
brother. We tried to preach 
for the brethren on Friday even- 
ing. We confess we always 
thought it rather a "big under- 
taking" for a "small man" to 
ireach in the city. However 
sve undertook it, and we still 
survive. Brother Saml R. My- 
5rs, of Baresville, Pa., dropped 
n and gave us valuable assist- 

On Saturday evening broth- 
;r Jacob E,iner of Line Lexing- 
;on, Pa., came among us and 
abored for us. Brethren Sam- 
lel Longenecker, of Montan- 
lon, Northiunberland Co., Pa., 
.nd Archy VanDyke, of Lew- 
stown. Pa., also arrived. 

On Sunday forenoon brethren 
jongenccker and VanDyke ac- 
ornpanied brother Custer to 
iermantown, to HU an appoint- 
lent at the old meeting-house, 

and they reported having had 
an interesting meeting. Broth- 
er Riner again addressed us, 
from the words :"Be not afraid; 
only believe." He spoke with 
a power that could be felt, and 
we are very thankful that we 
have had the privilege of hear- 
ing him and making his inti- 
mate acquaintance. 

An appointment was made 
for the afternoon, expecting the 
brethren to return from Ger- 
mantown, but they failing, it 
was said to be our turn. 

In the evening brother Van- 
Dyke spoke to our edification 
and instruction. 

On Monday evening brother 
Biner again preached, expect- 
ing to depart on the morrow. — 
He selected for the basis of his 
discourse the words: "Godli- 
ness is profitable to all things," 
&c., and spoke with his wonted 

On Tuesday evening I was 
set apart to preach at German- 
tov/n. Brother Custer accom- 
panied me^ and although we ar- 
rived very late, we had a pleas- 
ant little meeting. As we re- 
turned with brother Custer after 
the meeting, we did not have an 
opportunity of making any notes 
in relation to the antiquity of 
the place. We were inspired 
with a feeling of solemnity when 
we remembered that we were 
speaking in the first house ever 
erected by the Brethren in this 
country for the v/orship of God. 
At some other time we hope to 
pay a special visit to German- 
town, and gather some statistics, 
and historical facts relating to 
the Church, which -will be in- 
teresting to all our readers. 

Brother Longenecker preach- 
ed iu the city and the brethren 
report a good meeting. Broth- 

er L. believes in preaching and 
has learned how to do it. AVe 
did not learn his text, bat we 
heard that he took occasion to 
say a word against pride. He 
thinks gay and costly apparel is 
Qn evidence of pride, and that 
if a person has a humble heart 
he ought "to take down the 

On Wednesday evening broth- 
er A'anDyke Qgain entertained 
us from 2 Cor. 5 : 20. 

Oil Thursday morning we ex- 
pected to take the Mail Train, 
and arrive home at 7 P. M , but 
failing to make it, wo wrote this 
report i" the Pliiladelphia De- 
pot, and will take the Fast Line 
at 11 : 50, this ibrenoon. 

We had a very pleasant visit. 
We were very kindly treated 
by all the brethren and sisters. 

At Slosiie. 
We arrived safely home at il 
o'clock on Thursday night, but are 
sorry to inform our readers that we 
ibund oor own affairs in a sad con- 
dition. Miss Saliie Camerer, one of 
our printers, v>.'hQ h^4 ^^^ attack of 
Intermittent i'ever, but^vas thought 
to be mending when we left, is no\Y 
seriously afflicted with Typhoid Fe- 
ver. Sister llolsinger, also, is quite 
unwell. Being very nervous and 
sympathetic in our temperament, our 
readers may know that our feelings 
are very painful. We hope tha 
brethren and sisters everywhere will 
remember us in our affliction, and 
pray the Father of mercies that He 
will speedily relieve us. 

Half Sheet. 

Our steam press being in the same buililing 
witii onv dwelling, we could net use it, on ac- 
count of the sickness in oui- family. Tlioso 
Vho have had Typlioid I<\ rer in their families 
are aware of the elToct of noiso upon the pa- 
tient. By the politcne5s of Messrs. Holracs 
& Jones, of the Herald, of our town, wc were 
enabled to print this issue on their hand 
press. We rcay be necessitated to the s:inie 
measure next week, and hope oar readers 
nill beav ^^ith u?. 




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District of C'ouestogo 

Bear Brother Ilohiiif/er : — I 
xviih to drop a few lines of '•church 
!\ew^i" for the s&tiif'aotion of others. 
We hal.piito a refreshio,; time late- 
Iv in regard to oar spiritaal war- 1 

VVe had a Series of meetings ia 
our arm of the church lately, which 
lasted for soma tiaaa. Brotlur Gra- 
biil Myers had several meetings 
thiod^Vi <:.ur branch, vriiich stirred 
up soma of that which A?a5 ready 
to dio. lie was followed bv breth- 
ren Moses >diller of Cumberland <."o., 
Peter lloUowbujh and Uivid Keim 
of Chester Co., Joseph Sherfy of 
Oettysbiirc, and (Jeorge Smith and 
Abraliam iTavitz of Liub S.ratara 
coni^re;^ation. Elder Jjani*! Frey 
of II!. was with us too at a few meet- 

It was indeed a soul-refreshing 
lime to all araon:i us who" love the 
Lord. Ann we trust, we were all 
more or lesj strengthened, encour- 
ageijand bnilt up in the most holy 
faith ; and we hope those meetings 
will long be remembered by those 
who ateri'^olthera atleH8'-,& by soma 
wiiom we believ3 were made to feel 
the '-Word of God," penfitrate their 
heart. And our prayer is, that it 
may not have been atiiss ; and if 
they t.T$ not immediately willing to 
come forth, we hope the word sown 
may be a-j bread c ist upon the wa- 
ters that it mi jht be gathered in af- 
ter davs. 


V/e bolieve, too, that the goud 
Lord will reward our brethren who 
labored so ardently among ua, and 
will help U5. one and a}!7 that Tie 
n^" nd that 

middle rc'una. DlHtriot .Heeling. 

The District Meeting for Middle 
Ponna , Mill be held (God willi ig) 
with the brethren in the dames 
CreeR congregation, lluiiungdon 
county, commencing on Monilay, 
April '26th, A. D. 18(59. Those 
coining otl tl'.a I'a. Central 11. R., 
'.vill stop off at lIuTiting<li>n, and 
there take the Uroadtop iload to 
Brumbaugh's Crossing. 

Our minutes say, "the third Sun- 
day before Whitsuntide,"' which will 
regulate the time as above. On 
Sunday no trains will run on the 
Broadtop 11. II. To those wishing 
lo avail themselves of the benefit of 
that road, should do it on Saturday. 
Eider xVdam Biown is hereby in- 
formed tliat the brethren at James' 
creek would not waive their grant, 
unless some special reason could bo 
assigned ; which I could not do ; 
hence, so far as my authority goes, 
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^.■,.. (A, I'-'ripanioii. 
Vunsin^ Away. 

I'vervtbing belonging to this torrosrrial ^vorld is of 

i trAnsitor^' ualuro, — must soon pass away. It is a 

act stereotyped in glowing characters on all that is 

.iw^iiiij; around a ''. Nature in all her changing 

)iitlrtn3 thi-? important truth. Even the aged 

u\ lu? '.< of the forost, that have withstood the storms 

of ceaturio?, show in lications of decay. Long have 

their bending bougha waved, and continued to expand 

'n each successive season came and went, llow often 

:io invigorating heat of Spring and Summer, caused 

iiieir naked branches to becoma clothed in living 

green, and bloomiug clusters burst from every twig. — 

iJentle zi-phyis pUved amid their thick foliage^ and 

their I'.'afv music minirled ,vith the eweet raelody of 

•'le happy birds. All. all was beautv and grandeur ; 

ut bv ttnd by the ehilUng frosts otVVutumn, silently 

•<prfad her thin shining mantle o'er field and foiest, — 

" '." '.erunner of the approaching storms of Winter, — 

li soon ca:ue wiih blasting breath, and stamped the 

-c^l of death on every leaf, flower, and blade of grass. 

\K tkeir glory, verdure and fragrance passed Away no 

more to femru. Again aud again, the like scene will 

lie enf»ct^, while this "mundane sphere '' moves on in 

'he ewn tenor of its way, and seasons come and go. — 

llo>v we sliould t<£ke.warniag trom nature, and forget 

•I - that we too ar-j passing away! i feneration after 

..'.eratiun arises, and enacts soma part in the short 

■ ;ia of lift', and then pass away. Yea, the bursting 

I o; • I'Sns, mind and body expand, health, 

• ' . ? is the lot of maay. Wealth, honor 

'•oine33 are sought after,- ajibition adds 

.i. I ti> c.eiy energy, — every exertion is put forth 

.•me the prize hidd outby worldly inducements. — 

1 light for those fascinating and fair-look- 

. wliieb, wlien secureil, what are they but 

ileetiiig bubbles,, or air-built castlgs, 

ly and arc gone forever ! 

pamo and think 1 Look around, be- 

i^-s iltac surround y»u of a worldly nature. 

'•Learn wisdom and pei understanding." Are you 

Me purpose than to eat, 

your short life in the w»y 

■ are as but one drop ic the ocean — 

';;i that compose the millions ofinhabi- 

t lived ^ do live on tbi.^ earth. Though you 

lUi, h»nor, W a .station high in the estimation 

mds, nil iiiw-t ioon, very eoon, pas.s away. — 

l..e li jury frosts of Autumn will soon, if not already 

done so, steal upon your mortal frame, as a warning 

that the winter of death is near. Or, perchance, the 

iiohj the i 111. 

sudden lightning flash oi the king of terrors may cut 
you down while in the spring or summer of li^e. — 
ilcalth, wealth, or ambition's wreath of fame cannot 
bribe the monster, — he gives no reprieve, — but in an- 
swer to all entreaties his song must needs be : fassimj 
awaji — on, on to the ocean of Eternity. 

While that tender, lovely babe, — pride of a mother's 
heart, — object of a father's love, — pure and sinless an- 
gel of a happy household ? Like the first rose of sum 
mcr, it has faded and passed away. Where is the 
laughing, bright-eyed child, that gladdened its moth- 
er's heart with its happy smiles ; like the innocent 
lamb, ran hither and thither knowing no care, fearing 
no danger ? Gone, gone, never more to return ! 

Brother, sister, associate or school mate, to whom 
the tie of affection had boaud us as a part of self. — 
Where are they ? Passed away ! the place that knew 
them knows them no more. Where that mother — 
dearest of names — that first taught our tongue to lisp, 
our feet to walk ; our guardian angel, and our earthly 
protector ? Ah ! she too is gone, passed awa}-. The 
ono we so luved as father, — the one who so often dan- 
dled us upon his knee, who watched over our expand- 
ing mind, and cared for us vfith true and aiTcctionate 
parental care; like the rest, he too has passed away. 
Wife or husband, — -companion of our bosom, — our 
earthly solace whon tossed and crossed by the strifes 
and toils ef life, — object of our purest affections and 
love ; where is ho or she ? Oh stern decree ! gone, 
forever gone, from the shores of time I Last but not 
least, where those zealous watchmen — ministers of the 
LoBd of hosts, that so often warned sinners to flee the 
wrath to come ? Oh ! how they plead in the name of 
Jesus, for those he died to save I They too are gone, 
died at "their post," have fought the "good fight" and 
have passed away. 

Seeing, my readers, all, all are passing away, march- 
ing on in one mighty throng to the graye. Tramp I 
j tramp ! sounds the solemn tread ! Nearer aud nearer, 
I every step bringti us to the tomb ! Soon we will all 
topple in ! Soon the rumbling *sound of our filling 
j graves will be heard by those standing around ; be- 
\ cause we too are passing away. 

' Oh I are you ready to face death ? ilave you died 

i with him who died on the cross, — -"dead to sin " and 

halivc to Uod, — dead to tho world and alive to an in- 

j corruptible crown ol glory that "fadeth not awav 'C 

j ilaviag no "continuing city here " are you seeking 

one to come in the heavens ? If 3'our "coujcienoe 

j condemn you " not in response to the above queries, 

happy are ye, — thrice happy shall you be when you 

can sing the song of victory, and in exultation exclaim: 



"0 death VThere is thy sting, grave where is thy | 
victory." i 

But should your conscience give a negative response 
we would ask : will you put off the day of your salva- 
tion longer ? Oh ! "be not deceived, God is not mock- 
ed." Bapidly is your life passing — cling no longer 
to earth, but away, and lay hold on heaven. Be led 
no longer by the glare of a "jack o'iantern" that dan 
ces here and there amid the fog and fickle gasses that 
arise from the miry swamps of sin. This earth is not 
your home; estrange yourself from it, and seek a home 
in yonder spheres above, where health, wealth, honor, 
glory, and happiness never — no never — pass away. 


Fat/etteville, W. Va. 

shall feel as though I have not 

-P or the Uoiupaniop. 
Slraggliiig Thoughts. 

As I seek not human applause, and expect not 
to elicit public admiration I have chosen the 
above caption as an apology for the manner in 
which I write. 

To write so as to be read, and to be read so 
as to be understood, is my principle and design 
at all times. And if as an humble instrument 
in the. hand of our Heavenly Father who guides 
the birds of the air in their trackless flight from 
clime to clime; 'who hears the ravens when they 
cry' and 'suffers not a sparrow to fall to the 
ground without His notice,' I may be enabled to 
shape my course aright, and guide my pen in 
the proper direction so as to reach the points for 
which I started, I 
altogether lived without a purpose. 

As I tread the beaten track of life the intent 
oi my mission is to reach the feelings, to enlist 
the sympathies, and to awaken a lively interest 
in the hearts of my brethren and sisters who are 
yet standing aloof, who claim no connection with, 
and are doing nothing for the encouragement 
and support of our church papers. And not only 
those, but also they who have withdrawn their 
subscriptions and ^re withholding their aid. By 
so doing they have not only checked the circu- 
lation and discouraged the proprietors who have 
labored so much for us from time to time, but' 
have greatly curtailed the amount of support 
they so much need to qualify them for the duties 
and business of life. Their hearts are as tender 
and as susceptible as those whom they have 
failed to please, and are not more willing or bet- 
ter prepared to become thwarted in their plans 
than they are who oppose their eiforts. To 
speak disparagingly of either, or to shrink, away 

from both because there are divisions amongst us, 
which seems to me to be encouraging an un- 
friendly influence, is making the breach still 
wider, and is adding one more bane to the long 
list of scruples. These difi"erences existed among 
the early Christians and have been continued, 
and doubtless will remain to some extent until 
the Deliverer comes. And as neither class at 
the present day can produce an exact counter- 
part to the Old Brethren, we who sustain our 
own church journals claim an equal right to the 
same title. Rather than either should diminish 
we would see the circulation of both increase, 
and the increase multiplied until they gain a 
welcome entrance to every abode and a perma- 
nent lodgment in every heart ihat responds to 
the name of "Brethren." 

In after years the Gospel Visitor and the 
Christian Family Companion will be numbered 
among "the things that were," and those who 
write for, as well as those who read them shall 
be seen and heard no more. Then we all to- 
gether as one sainted family expect to be ac- 
knowledged as the Brethren of long ago.— 
Through these organs the tenor of our lives will 
be learned and practiced by those who shall fol- 
low in our steps. Should the world remain as 
it now is, generations yet unborn, who shall wor- 
ship in our stead, will read and ponder with pi- 
ous zeal the varied lessons they teach. And as 
they cluster around the solemn "Record of the 
Tomb," and read the testimonies of dying saints 
that are chronicled there by the hands of affec- 
tion, many thanksgivings will be offered, that 
the Brethren in the middle of the nineteenth 
century lived in the faith of the Gospel, and 
died in hope of a glorious immortality. Thus 
their names will remain as way-marks through 
time, and we believe will be found 'written on 
the Lamb's book of life when time shall be no 


That we all may ere long become united in 
heart and sweetly glide along together in one 
unbroken channel until at la.t we are gathered 
into the crystal stream that flows from the throne 
of God, is the prayer of your sister. 

Walnut Bottom., Pa. 

Guilt is that which quells the courage of the bold, 
ties the tongue of the eloquent, and makes greatness 
itself ?neak and lurk and behave itself poorly. 



tor tht Companion. 
On John 3: 14. 

"And 48 Mo«s lii'tcd up ibo serponl in the wilderness, eTeu so t' i 
son of man must be lif*.ed up." John 3 : 14. 

All who read God's Word, well knowtlie reasou wliy 
t'.ie serpeot was raised in the wilderness.* It wns be- the children of Israel had sinned aj:;ainst God ; 

both 8e-\e3 — th« vast importance of being entirely ginn 
np to God. of ronderini^ Him a whole-hearted service* 
A heart oiYercd up to God with all the powers of soul, 
mind and bodj, aa a living sacrifice, in all the fresh- 
ness and vi;;or and beauty of youth. \\ hat a lovely 
offerinij ! llow acceptable to liod, and how will he 

and bv reason ot their great affliction they cried to the I '^^o''," ''^'"<'') a^ o'^e ^:»^b Ilia richest blessing* . 
Lard,'who commanded .i serpent to be raised up. A i ^^ « ""t^'it not to torget that an affectionate, confi- 
•erpent made to represent the one that they were bit- 1 ^''"S- tender taith, habimally exercised, would save us 
ten with. Even as Christ reuresents Adam, so the I ^^^^'^ the aiinoyunces of hte, tont would hit us above 
brazen serpent represented the natural one. :?o when j *^1^» '"^ach of them. It an eagle were to fly low along 
tha Israelite wa3 bitten, if he would turn and look to j ^^^ ground, every man might aim a dart at it, but when 
the one raised uw, it proved an antidote for the poison- '* s^^i's "'to the clouds, it is abovo every arrow's reach, 
ous bite; otherwise if he refused to l.ok, he must die. -^"^'^ ^hev that trust God ".shall mount up with wings 
Doubtless, raanv ex-uses were made at that day. j ^f ^''^gl^s : they shall run and not be weary, and i^y 
why should 1 lo'ok, cries one ; what good can there be \ ^'"'^^ "'''^'^" ^"'^ notjainr" 

in that serpent raised up ? I cannot look, and more- 

over, I have heard of others being cured by other vera- Brother Ilohinr/er : Being deeply impressed with the 
edie3. .\iid while the pour rebellious sons anddaught- importance of an early Divine reformation, and was 
•rs reason with themselves, they peri«h in their own j delighted with the words of the above. Surely it would 
'!«"• be a glorious and a joyous period to behold all the 

^ Now Christ, our Savior, has been raised up for our ; young seeking the salvation of their souls — daily walk- 
sins. We mujt now look lo Jesus, or die. Men every- ing in an acceptable manner to God — singing Rsalras 
where are called to repent and turn to < hrist. Look and offering unceasing praises to the Father of mercy, 
the great life-giver and live. to the Son our Savior, and to the Holy Spirit, who 

Now, uiy dear reader, whoever you may be, do you ! guides into all truth, for the blessings, inercies, and 

not know that you are in the likeness of Adam who | loving kindness of which we all are so undeserving. 

transgressed God's holy laT ? Do you not sae, daily, ; May we all feel our unworthiness of the Divine favors 
the great mroad sin has made ? Are not you con- i and i^reat dependence to the Almighty and ever mer- 
vinced, you too havo broken God's law ? Therefore ciful Father and His beloved Son oiir ble-^sod Savior 

you stand smiUen, condemned even to death. How 

wretchfd is our condition! Far more so than was 

the coiKiition nf the rebellious Israelites 

they were bitten, the ant 

they were cuied imm< 

ready condemned unto death': We have a? mu--ih rea- ] greater and better service to th"e All-wise Providence 

MD to cry out, "meu and brethren, what shall we do to ' than I have been heretofore. May the ilo'v SDirit 

be saved; as d;d the people in the Apostles' day.— ' assist -~ ^ ' '^ '• ' - - 

and Redeem jr. 

, ,• /. ^ ^^" *^'^- y-*" "'''^ remember me in your prayers to 

rebellious Israelites : for when God, beseeching Him to grant me more of the Spirit of 

antidote was ready at hand that j love, and purity and virtue of heart. I feel ver\- weak 

)ediately; but alas! we are al- i and unprofitable, vet I have a great desire to be of 

Mr dear friends, whether jews or Gentiles, I entreat 

Tou to be recenciied to <»od, the Father of us all. 

'rum and look to Jems Christ and live. The great an- 
tidote for oar sin and condemnation is Faith and Obe- 
dience to Christ. Let no one ^ay, I am too old to 
obey, ivr they who will come at the eleventh hour will 
•ceive a crown of lif«« : neither let any say they rire 
/o young, for thi? Lord called Samuel when he was 
i|oite a child. Life i.^ th« time to serve the liord 

J \ ( ( 1 1» \v t .} ri' 

Selert '1 f 
> niius Hrn nod \V<>i>i*>n Mhoald be < lirisiiuiis. 

me in serving God in a more arduous and zealous 
manner, "walking worthy of the vocation wherein I am 
called." I sincerely hope the Lord will bo with us 
aiding us in all things requisite for our future salvation! 

L!berty, Va., Jan. 21, 18G9. 

for Ifig Companion. 
Fov lite .Sj)ren«l ot Ike iJospel. 

Dear brethren and sisters : 1 think if we would join 
ourselves together, and establish a treasury in every 
church ; if each member would lay past them one cent 
or two each wetk for the treasury to pay the evpensef 

of pending ministers to preach the Gospel in its purity 
roH advar.tage t' youn.' mf-n and uoinen being early i much good might be done. Such a small amount w' 
led in the way of holine'»s h beyond all estimate. The ' would not mis«, and ic would amount to considerable" 
benefit to themselves, to the church, to the world, the l^ct each church pay its own expenses in sendino- th-^ir 
glory which w brought to God, and the ultimate and; "linisters to other churches. In this nay mnch -food 
ct' rnal bliss Re^-ured by consecration to God in the | raight be done. * ' 

morning of life, eternity only will reveal. U that tliis 

could be more deeply impressed upon the voun'^ of' 

'/, J^ii., .Jan. 30, 




Tbe Footsteps ot Decay. 

Translated fiom an Ancient Spanish poem. 

Oh ! let the soul its slumbers break — 
Arouse its sennes, and awake 

To see how soon 
Life, in its glories, glides away, 
And the stern foot-steps Of deeay 

Come stealing on. 

Attd Vhile we view tlie rolling: tide, 
Down which our flowing minutes glide 

Away so fast, 
Let us the pleasant hour employ. 
And deem each future dream a joy 

Already past. 

J4et no vain hope deceive the mind, 
No happier let us hope to tind 

To-morrow than lo-day. 
Our golden dreams of yore were bright, 
Like them the present shall delight — 

Like them decay. 

Our lives like hastening streams must be, 
That into one engulfing sea 

Are doomed to fall — 
The sea of death, whese waves roll on 
O'er king and kingdom, crown and tl\roue. 

And swallow all. 

Alike the river's lordly tide, 
Alike the humble rivulet's glidt^ 

To that sad wave ! 
Death levels povei ty and pride. 
And rich and poor sleep side by side, 

Within the grave. 

Our birth is but a starting-place. 
Life is the ruuning of the race ; 

Aod di'aththe goal ; 
There all our •rlitteriug toys are drought — 
That path alone, of all unsought. 

Is found of all. 

See then, hOw poor and little worth 
Are all those glittering toys of earth 

That lure us here ; 
Dreams of a sleep that death must break ; 
Alas ! before it bids us awake. 

We disappear. 

Long ere the damp of death can blight, 
The cheek's pure glow of red and wbi'.e 

Has passed away ; 
Youth smiled and all was heaTcnly fair — 
Age came, and laid his finger thert, ^ 

And where are they ! 

Where is the strength that spurned decay. 
The step that roved so light and gay ; 

The heart's blithe tone ? 
The strength is gone, the step is slow, 
And joy grows wearisome, and woe ! 

When age comes on ! 

Kind li'ords. 

A little word in kindness spoken, 

A motion or a tear, 
Hbs often healed the heart that's brokf!>i, 

And made a friend sincere. 

A word — a look — has crushed to emth 

Full many a budding flower, 
Which, had a sraile but owned its birth, 

Would bless life's darkest hour. 

Then deem it not an idls thing 

A pleasant word to speak ; 
The face you wear, the thoughts you bring 

A heart may heal, or break. 

Christian Family Companion. 

TyroEe City, Pa., Feb. 16, 1869. 
Tlie Companion Family, 

We announced our family 
afflictions in our issue of last 
week. Miss Camerer is 
quite low with the fever, but 
we indulge a hope that she may 
recover. She is under the treat- 
ment of Dr. G. W. Burket of 

our town, who is doing all that 
medical skill and an experienced 
practice of years can suggest, 
which, added to the influence of 
the prayers of the saints, we 
hope may restore her speedily, 
and afford her an opportunity 
of doing the w^ork, the neglect 
of which has caused her much 
regret. Others of the family 
are not entirely well, but we 
enter no complaint. 

We also intimated last week 
that on account of the sickness 
we could not use our power 

had much planning and contri 
ving. At one time we though 
we should be obliged to removi 
our press elsewhere, and ifwi 
had had fixtures for running i 
by hand we would likely havi 
still done so ; but moving the stean 
apparatus forbade it. . But w^ 
trust in the generosity of on 
patrons, and hope that, havini 
now so plainly stated the cir 
cumstances, we need make n( 
further apology. 


and hence were 


to print our paper on a hand 
press. We had some idea of 
the labor it would require to 
work off so large an edition by 
so slow a process, and therefore 
we did not undertake to issue 
the full sheet, and we did well, 
too, for our paper was on press 
from Friday afternoon until 
Tuesday evening, even Avith the 
half sheet. We have now made 
arrangements by which we ex- 
pect to be enabled to use our 
own press for this issue, and 
hereafter ; and hence hope to t 
publish the full sheet again. — 
We are however short of a 
hand, one of our printers having 
been called home by the sick- 
ness of his sister, but we hope 
to get one in his place. 

The interruption in our is- 
sues has caused us much pain- 
]ful regret, and we have 


During our absence at Phila 
delphia, brother Enoch Eby am 
wife, and brother J. J. Emmerl 
of 111., and brother Samuel A 
Moore, of Pa., visited ou 

On last Thursday night El 
der Daniel Fry and wife, lodge( 
with us lor the night, and nex 
morning departed westward.— 
Our brethren and friends ^yh 
find our "latch strmg " out fo 
them at all times, whether w 
are at home or abroad. 

Jenliins' Vest-Pocltet Lexicoi 

an E'jglish Dictionary of all except famili 
words, omitting what everybody knows, a: 
containing what everybody wants to kuo 
may be ordered from this office. Vrice i 
cents, postpaid. 


Correspondence ofchurchnews solicited frit 
all parts of the Brotherhood. \Vriter''s ncie 
and address required on every communicatht 
as guarantee of good faith. jRejected comtutf 
cations or manuscrijit used, not returned. •'' 
cotnmur.ications for publication should bev:t\] 
ten upon one side of ths sheet only. i 


7 miles foih' 


Norlhern dis-trict of Indiaua, March 
in Union Centre congregation, 
west ot Goshen. 

Miss-ouii and Kansas district, April 1 
near Plattsbiug, Mo. 

Middle district of Pa., April 2Cth, in Jai 
Creek tougregaliou, Hunuui:dou Co., Pa 

XotsceoJ I>iKtrict 9Ieetius 

The District Meeting for 




Westero District of Pennsylvania, 

\^ill be held, (if the Lord will) in 
the Elkliek branch, on Monday, 
April 2(3th, 1869. Tho meeting 
will be at the big mcoting-house, 
Elkiick branch, Somerset Co., Pa., 
o miles west of Meyers' Mills, and 
about the same distance north of 

The brethren expect preaching to 
commence on Friday evening previ- 
ous ; which arrangements will be 
published m due time. 

It is very desirable that all the 
branches of this District bo repre- 
sented by delegates. AVe also in- 
vite oldbrethien from other Dis 
tricts to come and assist us. 

J. W. BEER, Cor. Scc'y- 

Rural Vallet/, Fa. 

nets, and divest us of all encum- 


Jlonei/ Grove, Pa. 

Brother John Murray, ^larshall- 
town, Iowa, says: \\ e have not 
been doing much in the good cause 
lately. In the last year re receiv- 
ed 34 mcmlcrs : a few over the 
half by letter. In this year only 
received one yet, and were obliged 
to expel one ; so we have not gain- 
ed much so far in this vear. 

Sisters' DepartmeisT. 

To S. E. Cart. 

Dkau Sistkr : The sisters do lay 
aside their bonnets and shawls be- 
fore they wish feet. Where I live, 
wj have no Supper to rise from, on- 
ly a table. 


Oiivingion, Ohio. 

Nistcr Cart's Query. 

I see in tho last Companion, dat- 
ed February lind, an answer to the 
query, why the sisters do not lay 
aside their garments at feet-wash- 
ing. Brother P. R. Wrightsman 
aniwcrs in this way, that they all 
do lay aside their garmo its, the 
garments of their feet, and thus im 
mitate our great Leader. I cannot 
see the connection. Why would 
our Lord lay aside his shoes and 
stockings, if he did not have his 
feet washed ? I have not yet read 
that he had his feet wash^ but he 
became a servant and crashed his 
brethren's, hence no need that he 
should lay aside the garments of 
his feet. I think he laid aside his 
mantle which was a loose garuient, 
or garments such as would be an 
incoavenience or encumbrance to 
him while in this humble act of ser- 
vice. So al^o the sisters do, (at 
least in this part of the country). — 
We lay aside our shawls and bon- 

Proi>o8e<I Mlulstcirial VisitH. 

If the Lord will, I will bo at Tif- 
I fin Station on the 17th of February 
to commence a meeting in that con- 
gregation on the 18th, and remain 
I in that congregation until the next 
week. Then go to brother Noah 
Hendrics' congregation, remain 
there until the 1st day of March. — 
Then go into brother J. P. Eber- 
sole's congregation, remain in that 
congregation until the 8th of i^Iarch. 
The brethren in those congrega 
tions will make arrangements for 
meeting as they see proper. I ex- 
j pect brother L). Vvck to be with me 
I at first part of these meetings, 

i S^e fieri/ II ill, Fa. 


Page 38. current volume, in arti- 
cle "Dialogue on Feec-washing," 
first column, fourth paragraph, for 
■ "our ordinance" read an ordinance. 
I Ninth paragraph for "turn ye" read 
I term "ye." Page 39, first column, 
I third paragraph, for "human obedi- I 
I encc," read humble obedience. 

; ,_ •'•■'^- 1 

, BrotJi'^r Henry : — In looking 
\ over the last Companion, (No. 5,) 
j which just came upon our table, 
^ (although two days later than usu- 
lal,) I have noticed in your "editori- 
al column," that you are still able 
, to "furnish several hundred sets of 
back numbers of the present vol- 
: ume," and you hope "not to be 
, obliged to lose them." You would 
like if your "friends all over the 
I United States " would "make one 
I more effort," to reach the 3000 sub- 

scribers, and thus establish the en- 
larged paper. I for one of the 
friends of the enlarged paper shall 
mako a hard effort once more to 
add several names. And 1 hope by 
the assisting grace of God, to be 
able in a week or two to send sever- 
al more in addition to what I have 
sent in alieady. I think our branch 
(Berlin) is not solicited as thorough- 
ly as it might be. 

I would further say to my co-a- 
gents, let us once more make an ef- 
fort, and we shall have the desired 
number. "Neve; trying, has never 
rccomplishcd anything." 1 should 
judge that there aro far over one 
hundred who have labored with me 
in raising readers for that valuable 
paper, the Companion. And if 
there should be only one hundred, 
let us go manfully to work once 
more. And I should think we ought 
on an average, secure three or at 
least two. I will furnish my quota, 
(although it is at the "eleventh 
hour.'') What say you, my coa- 
gents ? 

Methinks sometimes it looks rath- 
er dark or selfish, when it is claim- 
ed that there are over one hundred 
thousa nd members in the Brother- 
hood, (and it is generally claimed 
to be pretty well oft',) that scarcely 
tiiree thousand, can be found who 
arc willingly to support a religious 
weekly paper. 


Stony Creel', Fa. 

Brother John Arnold of Milford, 
Ind, under date of Feb. 5th, says: 
•'The Companion, comes regular and 
is a welcome visitor to me, but 1 do 
not know why the brethren do not 
more generally take it. Before the 
Companion was printed, I could 
raise upwards of 40 names for the 
Gospel Visitor. Jesse Calvert and 
I obtained a list of names for the 
Visitor and also for the Companion. 
We can scarcely get a brother to 
take both. I take both and th-in do 
not have reading matter sufficient. I 
do think some of the br'n are doinor 

arm in accusm^r otners ior usini'- 

\>v,\ words. JiSt brethren express 

themselves in the easiest manner 

they know how, and then by the 


OflKISTUH FAiilLi COMi*AiS[iol?. 

general discourse we can tell what 
they mean. I have no dictionary 
but feel the need of one." 

Dear Brother : — The Companion 
is a welcome visitor to me. It 
makes me feel glad to hear from the 
brethren and sisters in other parts 
of the country, which otherwise I 
would be depiived of. The good 
counsel we receive evei'y week 
makes ms feel as if I could not do 
without it. I am ahvays glad to 
read good news. But I cannot 
iielp saying some brethren's articles 
are too long for me and for a great 
many others. Dear brethren, let 
UR be careful and write more briefly. 
We like to hear from as many 
brethren as possible. I hope no 
brother will bef*ome oSended at 
this. Let us live up to the Golden 


Delphi, Ind. 


Brother Henry ; The brethren 
and sisters here in the Antioch con- 
gregation have had another season 
of rejoicing. Brethren George and 
Jacob Cripe from near Pierceton 
and South Bend, Ind., paid us a 
visit and preached for us twice a 
day for eight days, resulting in 22 
accessions to the church by baptism, 
a majority of whom were young 
people, mostly brethren's children. 
It is needless to say that this made 
our brethren and sisters rejoice in 
.-seeing their children coming home 
to the fold of Jesus. This makes a 
total of between forty-five and fifty 
that have been added to the church 
since last fall. 

A. LEEDY, Jr., 

Antioch,^ Ind. 

P. S. By way of explanation, I 
wish to say that the report of our 
meeting last fall, did not contain my 
'<ii;nature through oversight. A. L 
. *^ 

Brother Henry : — I herewith give 
you a brief account of a recent visit 
to the brethren in Coluuibian.i, Stark 
and Mahoning counties, Ohio. 

I left home on the 19th of Janua- 
ry and arrived at Bayard Station 
on the P. ^ Cleveland R. II. on the 
evening of the 20th, where I was 
met by brother Aaron Shively and 

conveyed to a meeting-house near 
brother John Nicholson's, where 
there was an appointment for meet- 
ing. We found the people assem- 
bled to hear the Word. We contin- 
ued there until Friday P. M., when 
we went to the Brethren's Meeting- 
house near Reading. (This is in the 
Georgetown congregation.) We 
continued in this place until Monday 
evening. Our meetings here were 
all largely attended, and had very 
good order. On Tuesday we went 
to Freeburgh ; two appointments. — 
Wednesday went to Stark county in 
brother Daniel Peck's congregation. 
Remained there till Friday noon. — 
Had very interesting meetings. — 
Friday evening wcnit to Minerva ; 
spoke in the "Disciple'^ House,"' to 
a large and attentive audience. — 
Saturday evening met iutbs Liberty 
meeting-house. Reuiained until Mon- 
day morning. The last two places 
are in the Georgetown congregation. 
Our meetings were all well attended 
and had good order ; but we did not 
see any immediate results by addi- 
tions the (_'hurch, but the members 
seemed to be much revivjd and 

Monday, Feb. 1st, brother M. 
Shively took me to Moultrie, where 
I took the cars for i.'oiumbiana. — 
Arrived at Columbiana in company 
with brother Lewi's <ila?.-^ and brother 
John Clement, who remained to con- 
tinue the meeting when I left. Af- 
ter dining with our old and beloved 
brother Henry Kurtz,, we were taken 
to the JMahoning meeting-house, 
where we remained until Wednesday 
; noon. Our meetings here were in- 
1 terestiag. ?\iay God revive his work 

I Wednesday afteruoon I was taken 
I to Columbiana, AMd in C'rapany with 
j brother Henry and lister Kurtz, we 
{took tea, or rather ?upped with sis- 
' ter C. A. Haas who is still in her 
professional calling. She is now 
Pi-incipal in the graded school in Co- 
lumbiana. We spent the evening 
pleasantly, and at 11 P. M. I took 
leave of this intorc-^ting family ; and 
getting aboard the night Expres?, 
I anived at Pittsburg at 2:20, A. 
M. Then by way of Washington, I 
arrived at home about -3 P. M. on 

the 4th inst. Found all well. — 
Thanks to God for his guardian care. 
I formed many interesting acquaint- 
ances, both in the Church and out^ 
whose kindness will be thankfully 
remembered. May God bless and 
save us all. Amen. 

Fraternall yours, 


Scenery Hill, Pa., Feb. 5, '69. 

*^m**~ — 

Brother Hohinger : — I will give 
you and the friendly readers of the 
Companion a few items of Church 
news from Spring Run branch. 

On the 10th of May last 7 were 
received by baptism. Oct. 7th and 
8th, (at our Love-Feast') -i ; Oct. 
25th, 3 ; and at another time, 2; 
and Dec. 25th, 1 ; — making in all 17 
admissions to the Church, baptized 
at Spring Run meeting-house. 

In Dry A' alley there have been 
some added to the Church bat do 
not know the number. All the above 
that I know anything about, except 
one or two, were young and some 
very young. 

On Wednesday evening, Dec. 23, 
a series of meetings commenced at 
this place and were ably conducted 
and well attended every evening and 
every forenoon until Sunday eve- 
ning following, at which time a very 
3'oung maiden entered the liquid 
stieara and gave herself unto the 
Lord as calmly on that very cold 
Christmas dav as if it had been in 

Brethren, especially those who 
proclaim "good news" and "glad ti- 
dings," do not only make this one of 
your "passing-ways" but even one 
of your stopping places. McVey- 
town Station, Mifflin county, Pa., on 
the Pa. R. R., is only 2 milea dis- 
tant from Spring Run Meeting- 


M'^Veiitown, Pa 

Brother Hohinger : — Brethren 
Joseph Leedy and Jacob Cripe com- 
menced preaching here on Friday 
evening, January 22nd, and contin- 
ued over Sunday. Five more ad- 
ded to the church. 

This is encouraging to this little 
branch of the church, 33 having been 



added during the autumn and winter. 
On the 22nd, brethren "Whipple and 
Norman Workman were chosen to 
the ministry. May they be enabled, 
by the assistance of the Holy Spirit, 
to "keep that which is committed to 
their trust." 

Pierceton, Ind. 

Advebtistrs will iileaso ohscrrc our terms 
■which we pnbliBh in ^very issue. Nine ('.') 
words will ht acceiitetl as a line. Byremcm- 
berlne this each advertiser will Ituow just 
what it will cost to insert what he wishes to 
have published. Thus, he will count the 
number of words in the advertiBeinent, which 
be will divide by 9, dropping the remainder 
iraiiy. If one Insertion only is desired, the 
quotient muel be mnitipUcd by 20. Thus an 
advcrtlseinent of "9 words would be recljoncd 
8 lines, and will cost $1.60 for one insertion, 
and (1.20 for each subsetiucnt insertion; Op 
if to be published for a year, SO cents for each 
I nsertioD, or f40 for S lines for one year. 
The ;a6h should accompany each order. 
K. Deckman, Plynnouth, InJ. If the broth- 
er is poor, and yet honest, give him his own 
time. 1 did not hold my agents responsible 
last year, for what they could not collect. 

Samuel A. Miller, Spring Crcelc, Va. A 
package leaves this office every week, and we 
tl^nk you should get the papers. The fault 
l»^not here. Let us know what numbers 
each subscriber has lost and we will try to 
supply, if they do not yet come to hand. 

John G. Clock, Shirleysburg, Pa. The 
trunks were received. 

Elias Plank. Wolcol, Ind. Tour paper is 
•ent regularly from this nffice lo "VVolcott, 
White Co., Ind," la the package to that 
place. What numbers did you lose ? 

D. T Hartsough, Maxville, Ohio. It was 
a beglecl of ours. It will come all right 
now, and will be all rii;hl when you will have 
forgiven us the oversight. 

Jos. Stitzel, Mt. Carroll, 111. By some 
means, w hcther your fault or oars we know 
not, brother Rowland's paper was sent to 
Millcdgerllle, until notiQcd by the P. M. of 
that place, to change it to Lanark, which has 
now been done. If be will call at Millcdgc 
▼ilie, h*. can obtain the back N'os. # 

Allen Boyer, I>ena, III. Was an oversight. 
Have sent back Nos., and beg pardon. 

John McCIintock, Libeny, III. Wm. Lier- 
ly's paper U now being sent to Liberty, aad 
has been for some time. Inquire for the 
back nnrubers, and If all do not come to hand 
let a* know. 

Isaac Price, Schuylkill, Pa. Thauk you ; 
a word of approbation and encouragement 
works cli.-»rmingly upon our nerves. Write 
for publication that wc may share your kind 
woida to our readers. 

J. L. Beaver. We do not know when the 
VHw ftdltioB of German Hymn Booka will be 

printed. The committee has not yet had a 
meeting. A meeting had been appointed on 
last Christmas, but was recalled, for what 
reason we have not learufd. We have bad 
repented imiuiries for the books, and hope 
the ootiimlttee will dischargp their duties 
promptly. There is no good reason why the 
books ohould not be ready by uext Annual 
Meeting. We will keep you posted on the 
progress of the work, to far .is it will be im- ' 
parted to us. 

Brother G. W. Wine, Otiobiuc, Vm., will 
please give n<« the address of those brethren 
at Pocahontas, as sister II. Knanff wishes to 
send ibcni a copy of Co)i<panion. aud has 
paid for it. 

dIe jd. 

We admit no poetry under any circiimMan- 
ces in contiectioti with obituary notice/. We 
tci^h to me all alike, and we could not imert 
versei tcith all. 

At the reoidenee of her son Levi. In Spring 
Ruu branch, Mifliiu couuiv. Pa., Jauuarv 04, 
sister MAKGARET SWIGART, aged about 
66 years. Fuucrnl services by brother Enoch 
Eby, from the word-* : "Set thy house in or- 
der," itc. The family having finished their 
breakfast left her eating, and when found, 
her head was touching the floor and her body 
still on the chair. The family physician was 
called, auil pronounc cd Apoplexy the cause 
of her death. S. W. BoLLiycER. 

In the Silver Creek Church. Ogle couutv, 
Ills.. February 7ih, sister ANX 'REBECCA 
MILLER, daughter of friend John and sister 
Susan Miller, aged 10 years, 5 months and 3 
day?. She was a very exemplary member of 
the Church ; and while we feel to sympa- 
thize with the bereaved parents we have the 
assurance that their loi:* is her eternal gaiu. 
Funeral services from 1 Thess. 5 : S — 11, by 
Elder Samuel Garber, assisted by the writer. 
D. E. Price. 

In the Conemaugh dictricl, Cambria Co., 
Pa., January 37lh. PETER RAGER, aged 
about 03 yearr. 

Friend Ragcr died very buddenly, being 
sick only a few hours. He leaves a widow 
and several children to mourn their loss of a 
husband and father. This is a loud call *o 
one and all to prepare to meet their God. — 
Funeral services by the writer. 


In Salem branch, Montgomery county, 0.> 
our friend PETER GOOD, on the 27th ult.' 
aged 76 years, 1 month and 14 days. Fu- 
neral scrs-iccs by brntlier Abraham' Detrich 
and others. 0. U. Brl.mbauoh. 

In the Hudsou Church, Ills., Dec. 27th, 
1868, brother NICHOLAS MICHAEL, in the 
72nd year of his age. 

The disease was Cystitis. He leaves a wife 
and 5 cliildrcn to mourn their loss, which we 
trust is his great gain. He suffered much, 
but bore his paint with Chriotiau composure. 
He desired to «Jci>art and go to his reward, 
and 80 fill a>ileep on the 9th day of his ill- 
ness. Funeral sermon postponed on account 
of the absence of * dear son who will soon 
return. T. I). Lton. 

Vlnilor, please copy. 

Ill the Springfield Cuurcii, Noble county, 
Indiana, Jan. Hlh, E.MMA LUCY DKEIB- 
ELBIS, daughter of Samuel and sislar Drei- 
belbis, aged 3 years aud 1 month, less one 
day. Funeral services by the brethren, from 

Matthew 18 : 3, by brother C. Weaver and th*" 
writer. JosEi'U Eby. 

On the 6ih instant, of Typhoid Fever, SL- 
SANNA STOUFFER, daughter of brother 
David Beshoar. Age 37 years, 1 month and 
1.5 days. Funeral occasion improved from 
John 11 : 25, lait^.r clause, by brethren Win. 
Kaufman, Ezra Smith, and others. 


In Aughwick consrregation, January 27th, 
JA.MES'OSCAR, son of friend Thomas and 
sister Elizabeth GILES, aged 3 years, .'> 
months aud 16 days. Occasion Improved by 
the writer from James 4th chapter and 14lb 
verse. Jons G. Glock. 

In the Shade Mill'b branch, Alleghany Co.. 
Md.. Nov. 22nd. 1868, brother WILLIAM 
ROBESON, aged 61 years, V, month.s and 26 
days. Funeral sermon preached on Dec. 20, 
by Elder C. G. Lint and Silas C Kelni. 
" Visitor, please copy. 

On January 30th, 1869, ut tne house of 
brother David Livengood, in the Elklick 
branch. Somerset oountv Pa., brother 
DANIEL LIVENGOOD, aged 65 years. 3 
t months and 13 days. Funeral sermon preach- 
ed by brethren Jonathan Lichty and John 
' Forney, (both from Illinois.) from 1 Cor. l.'i : 
j 31—23. C. G. Lint. 

I In the NapervlUe Church, Dupage coun'v, 
! Illinois, Jan. 31st, HANNAH, danghtcr of 
; nrothcr Jonathan WEIDMAN. Her 
1 almost 17 years. She came to her death by 
' the 7 o'clock P. M. passenger train running 
] over her. She was killed instantly. Ou (he 
23rd she was buried at the brethren's burying 
1 ground at the Meeting-house. Funeral ser- 
1 vices by the brethren. 

I Also, Janu.-iry 31st, infant daughter of 
j brother Henry and sister Nancy MARTIN. 
I Little Anna had to leave this world with that 
dread disease; Scarlet Fever. She was burled 
I Feb. 3nd, at the same place as the above.— 
Funeral service by the brethren. Age, be- 
l I ween 3 and 3 years. 

John UtiLLinoEK. 

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Volume V. 

TYRONE, PA. TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 1869. 

Number 8. 

For tAe Cvmponion. 

♦'All nail!" 

toRu's HAT Mor.sisci. 

Lovers of beantiiul scenes, let me congratu- 
late yon on our blessed, happy privilege of enter- 
ing the empty tomb in the garden where An- 
gels, wondering, joyful Angels, were waiting to 
pour out of their full cup of bliss, into broken, 
loving hearts. At the distance of more than 
eighteen hundred victorious gospel years, let us 
wi^o name the name of Jesus, the all-conquering 
Messiah, let \is often amid our weekly cares, 
come here to be refreshed; here to look at the 
"stone rolled away," and feel that same power, 
roll away our sins, and sorrows, — and be glad 
to kno'v tliat there is a heavenly ministry that 
anticipates our helpless, virtuous wants, and will 
roll "the stone away." Only let us come, by 
day or niirht, .vith hearts as true, love as chaste, 
as those dear sisters long ago, whose fortitude 
and prcseverancc was more costly in tlie sight 
of God, than all the crushed spices, in their 
arms, for their dearMaster's embalmment. 

But when the 'First day of the week' comes, 
let us especially apply ourselves to this tiium- 
phant celebration of our risen Lord. Let us 
with the "spirit and the understanding" com- 
memorate the eternal Avonders of this day, else 
our worship in the congregation, is much a 
blank. But by our needful retirement, our sol- 
itude is made bright, and richly consoling, while 
with no ticket of admission but the gospel cove- 
nant, no price but the blood of the sacred "Najr- 
arine," we arc welcomed in, to "see the place 
where the Lord lay." 

Come, let us go into this garden of the resur- 
rection, called the garden of the olive press ; 
come, let us fill our vessels with oil, to keep our 
little lamps alive, until the ;*3ridcgroom comc<?, 
il it is until the cockcrowing, or in tlic morn- 
ing. Come, we will see the place of Joseph's 
sepulchcr, "hewn out of a solid rock," and con- 
secrated above all vaults and tom!)3, by the 
presence of the destroyer of death — hopelul 
couch for all true believers. Come, we'U hear 

the shining ones speak softly, and encouraging 
our timid, weeping sisters. Indeed they drop- 
ped good words for us : — "Fear not, \6 seek Je- 
sus." They told those sister* where to go, and 
what to say, — see them, sec them, — how they 
haste ; now they tremble with fear, now with 
joy. They question as they flee : they cannot 
realize in their once hopeful, now crushed, hope- 
less heart, the truth dearer to them than all 
the woild ,that "he is risen." We'll look after 
them, — we sec them run, we see them stop, see 
them rush together, and fall to the earth. — 
See ! One meets them — the more than ever- 
beautiful, the "all-together lovely," Jesus ! — 
Come near, dear sisters, this part of the scene 
and one otlier in this dear garden, seems sacred 
to mother Eve's poor penitent daughters. O, 
be encouraged. Sec ! they arc prostrate at his 
wounded feet ; with clasped hands, they mur- 
mur "Ribbi, rabbi ;" they worship him. O the 
transport of that moment, fearing the manly 
stranger they must raset. He breaks their qui- 
et hasty retreat, saying to them : "All hail," or 
great joy to you all! Listen sisters, 'tis that 
same rich voice, "As the sound of the dulcimer 
sweet, that is heard in the shadows ot death, 
saying to us, "All hail !" 

S. R. MAJOR. • 
Dallas Ohio. 

J'or th* Companion. 
"Big Words." 

Uiid«r the above Leading have appsarjd two Arti 
cles in No. 4, present Vol. of the Companion,' bath of. 
which have their raerits, & in fact very few articles come 
to us through the Companion that are wanting in ttiia 

Lut the various authora who hav? written for the 
Companion, whether they have used polljayllables, 
(Hss_yllable8, trisyllables, whether "J5('y words," or 
small words, they have generally u?ed kind words. — 
This ii what wc want, brethren, and the more the bet- 
ter. But whether the words be great or small, be sure 
that kindness bo so manifested that wo will forget 
whether the words are small or great, after the reading. 
Since such Heavenly influences arc rcilized in our 
minds. THOMAS D. LYON. 

lludton, lilt. 



/or the Cimii uj4.\on. 
Becryc one :;ao.'Ii<>r'.'« biinlrniii sumS so £*i...4 ;iic 
lav/ol t\iiini. 

This coxraaKtl cnjolas npo;i \i-> u very impor- 
tant daly, which, ii' carried into effect under all 
circunisianccs, •will contribute very much to tlic 
mutual cnjoj ment, comlbrt and liappiness of the 
brotherhood generally. It presents au idea oi' 
mutual dependence, showing clearly that we can- 
not live without each other's sympathy and aid. 
We all have our burdens in life of some charac- 
ter or other, therefore the duty of bearing with 
and being for-beaiing towards one another as 
becomes brethren born into the same divine 
fumily by the God of all grace. Tlicse burdens 
are of a variety of character. Some besetting 
sin that, in an unguarded hour, will show itself, 
and cling to us A'ith the tenacity of a viper, ex- 
hausting every vestage of the vitality of the di- 
vine life which causes us, in our conflict for free- 
dom to exclaim with the apostle PjiuI ; "O 
wretched mun Ihcit i am, who shall deliver me ' 
from the boay oi liiis death." Now wo have 
liiliers in Zion, then yodng men, and lastly 
bibes in Ciirist; and according to their several 
s'jages of prog"e5s in the divine life are theii* 
respective burdens. Those most advanced and 
experienced in the christian race we shouM 
think have less trials, and troubles, and when 
they meet with a conflicL', know what amount 
of grace it takes to overcome. But the younger 
and more inexperienced soldiers of the cross will 
often get into the thickest of the contest, and 
therefore need the strong arm of veterans to help 
bear the bucdeu and the heat of the day, while 
the tender lambs of the flock must be nurtured 
and fed with the dainties from Heaven's great 
commissary stores — "the sincere milk of the 

Though these young soldiers are inexperienc- 
ed in the handling ol the "sword of the spirit" 
and need the encouragement and discipline of 
the young men and fathers in Israel; yet they 
can help bear bnidens for their senior brethren. I 
Their tuneful notes and melodioiis voices in j 
s'lT^'n^r the soniis of Zion; their frequent andi 
regular attendance in the services ol tlie s.Tnc.u- 1 
arv, all combine to cheer and animate thciffu'li- j 
crs and mothers in Zion. Then, agai:i,' wc al: | 
have burdens in life of a temporal characte". I 
which makes us mutually dependent on one j 

anolher for assistance and support 1o help bear 
our respective burdens. O vain m:ui tliou that 
boastc-.t of thy indepcndance ! If God had us- 
hered you into existence in the lull f^taruvc of 
rnanhood, fed you as he leeds tl;e raven of the 
forest, spreading out to you a continuous ban- 
quet, clothed yoa as he does the lily oi the val- 
ley, made you a little higher, instead of a litile 
lower than the angels, and endowed you wiih 
the attributes of the Deity, you might then, 
vaunt your independence, and proclaim your 
sovereignty ; but since the reverse is our condi- 
tion commerciallv, morallv and reii"ousl~, amors: 
all castes and grades of humanity, we all have 
to learn to hdior for and to '^'ait on each olhej , 
the rich as well as the poor, the Satrap on 
his thro:ie as well as the be^^va' in his hovel.— r 
The weallhy man with his large possessions and 
many fields oT ripe golden grain, must depend 
on the day labor to bear the burden of the h.ri- 
vesL while the laborer's burden is to p ovido 
h's fa:n:iy with food and raiment which he is cn- 
ablpd to do by the farmers liberal pay for labor. 
Whatever profession avocation or calling to 
chose in life, we expect by it to gain a liveli- 
hood, and to make an honest and lespectable 
living in any legitimate location, imposes u^'^^ 
us a certain amount of responsibility. The bur- 
den of the mind is success which depends 
much upon individual industry, economy, 
exertion and a shrewd management of time and 
means, with a proper encouragement from those 
upon whom we depend for patronage. No in- 
dividual, no family, no community or nation 
ever held out long when attempting to maintain 
their independence in every particular. The 
farmer is dependant on the consumer, — the la- 
borer, the merchant and mechanic ; and as a 
body their consumption of cereals, and products 
of the dairy and garden, make a market Isr his 
crops. The merchant needs the patronage of 
all classes to insure success, lie must have his 
customers to make purchases and relieve him of 
his stock of merchandise. What a ccmmunity 
of interest is interwoven with our rcHgous, social 
and commercial life! Wiiat folly, there fore, lor 
one to say to another, 'I have no need of thee.' 
Wc think the following gospel admonition.^ 
sncii OS, "Boar yc one another's buvflcu'^,'' '"Do 
unto otlicrs as you would have oiIkm-s (\o 
you," "Do good to all men, especially to the ! 



.Mi<»?l> '1 1 of fAJtS." "ami in honor |ireferrin;» one an 
ith-.-r," ii' carrifcl int> oll'-'ct '^i'.l unite us ha l»ii tliien 
n lUe "unitv of the t^^iiiit »ihI tlic bond ofpfact*," tluU 
ii'j '-^jiaus o'l licll cannot prev.til aj; ;in<t u<.'" i'romi.t- 
li b'.' the love ot'dni, we will kei-p onr unny togeOi- 
r; uA n foil nv--!L>Mier will we n^^'o^t, bu' (b him 
;doi1, help liiin nion^, bear lii-s burden, and became 
',e l>ve (it)d wo oant h-lo but I >V(? hiin that is be^ot 
oil of llim, and thus ••lullil tbc law of Ciiri^jt," k lov- 
u' unle>8 we fulfil thi.-> lawwef,>rfcit our claims to 
h« "iuliMitanv.'e *nat :? iucorrupunlc, undehled and 
liat fad-.-Ji uut awav." E. S. MIl.LEll. 


Bcat III J l»t>sl. 

*>Woc lo iheni Ibai ace at "i^e iu Zio i, ajd trusi in iho mouutaiii 
if Samaiiu. which arc named cUiJl'pribcuaiioas. lo whom Iho house 
f Isi.-olcsmc!" Arcos 0: 1. 

'Sly christian filond-:.- Are wc at easo in Zion ? — 
lave we not a work to do, or do we feel that all id 
veil, be«au«e wo have attached ourselves to the mouu- 
nin of ^>aiaariu ? which is Christ's church, the jiiinci- 
le name of all nations, ihe city of our God, into whom 
vc gentiles have been eu;;raf ted, and partiken of Isra- 
d. Sliall wc be 5oat<:d in our ^tO(d of do-nothin::, take 
»ur ease, eat, drink, and be meiry ? Nav, verily, the 
voe i-^ pronounced upon us if we io so. We ar3 now 
•nly hired servant.s ii\ the house of tli.e L-»rd,, W« 
uust huaibl') ourselves ai.d becomo liborcrain his vine- 

ard, not by conscraint, but of a ready uiiml ; not 

'I.Ted up with the vanities vf this world which the iiat- 

irai eye iu-;teth after, nor with the deccitfulness of 

liclies, nor the ;;reat and hi^b name of the world. — *aitti t'nc liord? "L'."(;i;h thou e.\ilt thyself as 

ho Ed;;ie, and though thou set tny nest auMUg the 

-. tlnruce >^iil 1 biin^ thee do«u, Railh tha Lord." 

:;ah 1:4. 

We rhnlt be huudilcdif we are too proud to walk with 

lirl^t heie iu ihia lif.'. Beiu;^ ashinicd of inm, he 
lath appointed a day in which we shall be humble. — 
^t us then bow tc tiie feet of .lesus, and take up tho 
ro«» whi h he laid down for u?. and put on the yoke 
»hicU bind* us all together, and press forward with un 
aistaken zeal, doin;^ whatsoever thy hand findath to 
iu the house of the Jiord. Let U3 not be at ease for 
lie wo? is written ; neither let us be of them thut draw 

ack, with whom God is not pleas?d, which cau3edi9- 
ord am>ng the yokefellows, and make their yoke 

eaw upon their own siioulders. 


les^, to carry bread to t^c ttftf<;»ryj'an T' ty cli>tho tlio 
ntk.'d, thi< is ;i work in which tiu ho«ri doe^ u)t take 
<1 li.;ht. T.iey fancy n) ^'-i xl w.tul I bj ilo:it^ : and t!io 
lOison today w'ly niiny of u-. are envelop;! in ini-1;^, 
and have j^loom upon onr liearts, scarcely knowing 
how t'j r.-iise the beftrt upward to O'jd, ij bocaujo we 
aro noglentin^ our duty. Ttiere ure i»2;»lected straa- 
g<*rs in the city, thcvti are widows and fatherlos.s who 
>..ught to be Comfort"! ; there are tlio sillesing and the 
sorrovin^ who ought to be cheered ; and because wp 
nci/lect to niiniiter to the do!>titiite, u;.d. because wo'^ 
n-'^leet to do the work which God j laces in out reach! 
and fur which h\.' i-peris for us dooi-s of oppoi tunity, ve? 
fail to grow in iht- knowledge of tho Lord Jesu.? Christ;".i 
Tharc 111.. er yet eet out a trembling spirit to visit a, 
sidVering widow, or a iatlieilo^s child, orpcroouj iu ^^r- 
•row nnd aflliction, but, while upon hi3 jpyini; 
Lord Jssus Chris*' joined him, and wliui he ci ■ '.\- 
ored to speak words ot consoiaiion, ^the Spirit of -Jod 
caine into his heart ; for Jesus hntbsaiil-: *'Lo, 'I -atii '' 
with Yon nl\ravs." :;.":••::« ,'•-., •.-.- ■ '♦ •* 


A \\\ii;o O.N' Family Prayer. — Perhats some oi you ., 
say, "I am so ignorant tiiat it is uo good tr^inj;; td>'. 
have prayer in "oiu* fanily." You make a miatjlco 
liietc. It is not grand wor Is that God wants, but hon- 
est hearts. God oilers you his Holy Sjiirit to help ' 
you in your pravcr an! to teach yon to lirayT Jaxii 
siys, "If ye then, being evil, knew how to ^iive godS'* 
gius unto your children, hoW much more shall yoiif y 
lI-aviMily Fitlicr ^ive ilis II ly Spiiit to tiif^m tlias 
a-k ir.m 1"' A-k God for the help ol' His iloly t pit if, 
and you will find that it is far herti^r thin al! the help 
that auv man can „ive^v..u. —firifiah Wiir!:,ii,rii. 


r.i tSE is the law of growth ; and the reason which 
many have not the cyirit of the Lm-I Jesu', and 
lot i'bundant in the cons'ditions of the Gospel, is 
. tucy wid not do the work of the ohnrch, »S>me of 
ifcir 8i^ : ••Gonli we «tavid in holy places and iiiinis- 
r; could wc address irailiitudes ofjcopl' ; hid ''od 
iveii us tuc tongu-i o' tl.ujuonec, fii.l the \>)^'CX of 
:aji;ji , f.b I how v.c v.oui'l delight to :iddress viist 
1 olies !' Uut to visit the stranger and th? li»thcr- 

S >m2 men will follow Christ on certniu cOnditloifsV'^ 
If lie will not lead them through rough toads : if ho 
will nft enjoin on them any painful tasks ; if t le sun 
aud wind do not annoy them ; if ho will remit apart of 
\ih jdan and order. Uut the true christian, who has 
the spirit of J CSU3 will say as Ruth said to Xoami : 
"Whither thou goest, I will go," whatever dangers 
and ditfioulties are in the way. .. ■ ' 

Tllii injrallty of some peoydc is llko their crockery.;' 
they have two set?, one for show and one for u^c : atld" 
they both ans-.Tcr the same purpose, the one satisfies 
the ininds of ether people, ti;c other their own. But 
this nmcii may be said sf both, that however well they 
may serve tiie purpose oftliis world they are of no val- 
ue for the next. 


Dr. Staughton, fifty years ago t!..; ;:;. „ p >pul::;- 
preacher in Phijadalphia, was accustomed to preacR* 
i?s3 than thirty ijiinute', and to br ng n wlioli* pervfc<y' 
within an lio-jr. When ask^d by one of his thfol->gic" 
;d students to exj l.iiu h o.v ho could male !ii^ reruiong 
So brief, ho repiicj, "By not talking iioasense." 



On Mattliew 11:11. 

Continued from page 70. 

I promised in a previous section of this article 
to endeavor to elucidate that most perplexing 
and intricate problem, viz. : How John the Bap- 
tist iras less than the least in the kingdom of 

Now we want you to bear it constantly in 
mind that wherever the name Esaias occurs in 
the New Testament, that it is the same as Isaiah 
in the old, and also wherever the name EUaa oc- 
curs in the New Testament that it also corres- 
ponds with Elijah in the old. This, then, is the 
key with which we expect to unlock this per- 
plexing mystery. 

Elijah was a prophet of God, who lived in 
the days of king Ahab, and who was sent to re- 
prove that wicked monarch for his departure 
from the worship of the true God, and for en- 
gaging in the idolatrous worship of the heathen 
deities in worshiping their favorite god — Baal. 
History furnishes us no account ot the birth- 
place, or of the parentage of Elijah. The first 
account we have of him was his appearance be- 
fore king Ahab when rebuking him for his de- 
parture from the worship of the true and the liv- 
ing God. 

EHjdh iJie prophet seems to have had anoth- 
er, and a very important mission to fill, — that 
of demonstrating to the world that, "the Lord 
was the only true God." There seems to have 
been considerable controversy going on in the 
world, at the time of the appearance of Elijah, 
whether there were any gods save the Jehovah 

The final settlement of this dispute, you will 
remember, was one part of the mission of Eli- 
jah when he presents himself before king Ahab 
about the conclusion of the three years famine 
which he had brought upon the Earth. He 
then and there purposes to test the claims of 
their respective gods — Jehovah and Baal — by a 
fair and impartial trial in order to ascertain which 
is the true God. 

Now we particularly desire the reader to no- 
tice the circumstances in the case of this trial, 
as they have a very conspicuous part to perform 
in the elucidation of this very interesting and im- 
portant subject, as indeed I regard this as the 
very key. 

Wc ootice in th« case referred tOj in the tri- 

al between the god of the heathens, and the God 
of Israel, that the prophet Elijah requested the 
king to assemble all the priests of Baal, four 
hundred in number, while he alone, as the proph- 
et of God, would endeavor to demonstrate clear- 
ly against such overwhelming odds, that the 
God of Israel was the God. Elijah orders that 
there be a sacrifice furnished to each party, he, 
himself representing the Lord's side, and those, 
four hundred priests representing Baal. He 
further orders, that in order that there be no 
deception used, that when the altars and the 
sacrifice have been prepared that they shall be 
thoroughly immersed with water. This seems 
to have been a very wise precaution upon the 
part of the prophet Elijah, as the trial was to be 
decided by fire; but we think that before we. 
are done with the case that we shall see that it 
had a far more important signification than 
merely to guard against deception. 

We have neither time nor space in the limits 
of this article to notice all the particulars attend- 
ing the establishment of the claims of the res- 
pective (fet7t>«. All these may be learned by a 
careful perusal of the history of the case. That 
which I more especially want borne in mind, is 
the Baptism and ofiering of this sacrifice by the 
prophet Elijah, because, as I have already re- 
marked, they have a very conspicuous part to, 
perform in the solution of this problem. 

When the trial come on, the priests of Baal 
offered their sacrifice from morning until even- 
ing, calling upon Baal all the while, saying, "Oh 
Baal, hear us: thou art a god. Oh Baal, hear 
us." But to all their entreaties, their agonize and 
cries there was no response. When they bad 
given up in despair, and the hour for the offer- 
ing of the evening sacrifice had arrived, then 
"Elijah the prophet prayed and called upon 
the God of Heaven, that he would demonstrate 
that he was the Lord" aud besides him there 
was none other, "when, lo the Heavens tcere 
opened" and the fire decended from God out oj 
iTeat'cn, lightening up the sacrifice, while the 
voice, (or shout,) rose from the surrounding mul- 
titude, saying, "the Lord he is God, the Lon 
he is God." 

Here we see then how Elijah the prophe 
demonstrated and made clearly '■'■manifest uni 
Israel" that Jehovah was the Lord God omnip 
otent. When he had thus accomplished his mil 



lion, at we have seen in the above extraordina- 
ry case — he then left this world in a very singu- 
lar, and extraordinary manner. The full history 
:)^ the translation of the prophet Elijah may be 
read with interest and profit in the history of 
that great and cxtraordinnry person. I can at 
present gire no more of the circumstances than 
[ think to be absolutely necessary to the solu- 
:ion of the problem which we are endeavoring 
;o solve. SVc will therefore leave this part of 
;he subject for the present, and turn our atten- 
:ion to its co-incidence under a different dispen- 

In the last chapter of the booic of Malachi, 
kve hear the Lord declaring by the mouth of the 
prophet, and saying, "Behold I will send you 
Elijah tlic prophet, before the coming of the 
^reat and dreadful day of the Lord, and he shall 
-urn the hearts of the fathers lo the children, 
ind the hearts of the children to the fathers," 
Sec. Now I wish one particular point in this 
leclaration specially noted, viz, that he says 
Elijah the prophet, and not Elijah a prophet. — 
lere then, we have the Lord making use of the 
definite article "the" as descriptive of what kind 
f prophet he would send them, and also defi- 
litely pointing out who that prophet should be. 
Che definite article "the" (as we all know) 
'oints out, or refers to a particular object ; and 
I icre in this instance I hold that it refers to the 
1 Id prophet Elijah. Now if the Lord had used 
I he indefinite article "a," then the prophet no 
i oubt would have had a Ter)- different impres- 
Kon, and consequently would have looked for 
Hie coming of some prophet whose name should 
ic called Elijah. But that they had a different 
tKupression. is evident from various circumstanc- 
M which I shall hereafter give as I proceed with 

■ ^-hicidation of the subject. 
, then, the Lord had promised to send them 
'ih the prophet ; and if also, upon the veraci- 
f trod, — having the most implicit confidence 
lis promises, — the people were anxiously 
.:ng for the fulfilment of this promise, let me 

:, when and where, and how was it fulfilled \ 

is it to be fulfilled in the future? 

'There was, in the days of Herod, King of 
mfdea, a certain priest named Zacharias of the 

irse of Abia, and his wife was of the daugh- 

» of Aaron, and they were both righteous be- 

i God, walking in all the ordinances of the 

House of the Lord, blameless ; and they were 
both old and well-stricken in years ; and his wife 
Elizabeth was barren — And it came to pass, 
that as he executed his office in his course, that 
his lot was to burn incense ; and the whole con- 
gregation was without praying, and there ap- 
peared unto him an Angel, standing on the 
right side of the altar, and fear come upon him, 
but the Angel said fear not Zacharias, for thy 
prayer is heard, and thy wife Elizabeth shall 
conceive and bear a son, and thou shalt call his 
name Jb/i7i." 

Now I wish it distinctly kept in mind that 
the prophet Malachi had prophesied prior to this 
event which we have here recorded, of the com- 
ing of Elijah, the prophet. We also find a pre- 
diction in the prophesy of Isaiah, that, "A vir- 
gin shall conceive and bear a son, and his name 
shall be called Emmanuel;' but when the same 
Angel, viz., Gabriel, which was sent to Zachari- 
as to announce the birth of John, was sent to 
Virgin Mary to announce the birth of Emmanu- 
el, he told her to call his name Jestis. If Mary 
would have called her son's name Emmanuel as 
had been foretold by the prophet, there would 
have been no mistaking who he wa?, but inas- 
much as he was called by a name different, and 
contrary to their expectations, they failed to rec- 
ognize him ; hence the Apostle John says : "he 
was in the World, and the World was made by 
him, and the World knew him not." So also 
in the case of John the Baptist. If he had been 
called Elijah, or in others words, Elias, then 
there would have been no mistaking who he 
was ; but because he was called John, or a dif- 
ferent name from what had been predicted, 
therefore, they failed to recognize him ; hence 
"the Savior" says on a certain occasion, that 
"Elijah has indeed come, and they knew him 
not, but have done unto him whatsoever they 
listed," or pleased. 

Now that the people were expecting the re- 
turn of p:iijah, we gather from the following 
facts. 1. When John began his public minis- 
try, the priests sent messengers to him to ask 
who he was. They therefore asked John, "art 
thou the Christ \ And he confessed, and denied 
not, but said, I am not. Art thou Elijah t (or 
Elias 1) But he answered. No. They say, who 
art thou then ? tliat we may give an answer to 
them that sent us ] He says, I am the rtnc* of 




say, umi iie >vHb iiut i:.Hjuu, iit. iia:> xt^i^Lcu^c uu , ^^^^ ^^^^^^ ^^ ^^ ^^^^,^^^ j^ ^^^^^ ^^^.^^ ar-iiment, 
ins name and not to ins cnaracter ; because we ^..^^^^ they allude to the washing only, and not to 
see, that when they put the ques'ion so pointed , wiping. We may with just as much propriety, s 
that he could no longer evade it. he then comes ! that he instituted the double mode, by the same wo; 

out and virtually acknowledges that he is Eli- 
jah, because he is doing the very thing that Eli- 
jah was to come to pcrlorm. 

-• -A second reason is based upon the circum- 
stances ofthe trcuisfigurution upon the Mount, 

'■'•''biie crying in the wilderness : prepare ye the way i (and that from the Word of God.) in favor of the s 
9^- of the Lord, make his paths straight." ' | g^e mode, than that which he has brought forth in tl 

,•- . . Now here I contend, that although John does ■ «fticle. The brother seems to put a great deal 
^, ^1 i.T:'i--v,uir^ 4 stress upon the words, "one another, which wor 

say, that he was not Ehjah, he has reference to , ^^^^ ,,J,^. ^^ „^ ^^^^.^^ .^ ^.^^^^ ^^^.^ ar.^.ment, 1 

his name and not to his cnaracter ; because we ^..^^^^ they allude to the washing only, and not to { 

by the same wor( 
"one another." i-iecause they allude to the wash): 
only, and r\r>t to the wiping. Hence t'le words, c 
anoilier, vill not need he emphasized paiticuiailx', 
beariiiii strong' ariju'.nent in favor of the siuyile mo 
of feetwasliiiig. 

Again he says : "We know Ave keep this ordinan 

..'. where Moses and Elijun appear-d and talked .-..*'.- - • . , 

9^ with the Savior; when ibe JJisciples asked why 

the scribes say th-t El'.jah mi'st first come. — 

Jesus says that Elijah has indeed come, and they 

have done unto Iii-n whatsoever they listed — 

or pleased — likewise shall the Son of Man suf- 

^i.fer of tbem; When he had said this, they knew 

-: that he s )ake of Jo///* the Baptist. From this 

o:ctrcuiT)Shinc? wo learn that after John had per- 

- formed bis miss." on upon Earth, and had left. the 

borl", he was recognized as Elijah and not as 

Jo .t; A third reason which we oti'er, is the 

, cVoimstance which occured at the crucifixion, 

. when Jesus cryed out, "Eloi, Eloi," and one ran 

i^nKO,give him drink, others said, let alone, let 

alone, let us see whether Elijah will come to 

ke him down. ! jections to'my brethren's mode of practicing feetTva 

"ing, e.vcept one thing. Our old brethren frpqueii 
sav, "change often in order that more bi-ethren < 
have opportunity of washing also.'' Now brethn 
with the' kiudest of feelings allow me to suggest w 
I have thought for many years, and that is, no brf 
er should wash more than one brother's fefit in or 
that all can ha^e the privilege of washmg feet. 
! Feetwashing is a practice o\ humility. Now we 
! know that simply having our feet washed is no hum 
} act, but to w;ish feet is. I always feel hapjjier whe 
i vash niv brother's iect, than wlitn I only Lave my 

Li-ethrcn. I feci a delicccy to Kay much on 
above subject, for fear you mi Jjt think I am infloei 
bv Thurman. Troverb.* G : 19 desciibea what \Y. 
'J'hurman is. „, 

s.viiusL tetr; 

Cross Keys, Va. 

.u>..»o„ ...v. ....„- .. _- - . , TEMPEn.\>'CE— Temperance puts wood on thej 

unPKplaiQf-d device, but by the distinct words one on- 1 ^^^i j„ tj,e barrel, flour in the tub, money in the 
,pfA<;fj:ijj5ti*.uta th^tmode, and would, no doubt, have ^ ^j.^jiiit [^ the aoimtry, contentment in the house, 
'' ordjiued tiie double mode, in equally unmiatj-kable j ^^^ j^e bairns, vigor in the body, intelligence Ml 
ian"ua' e, it it had been in acooi'daQce with the divine , ^raia and spirit iu the whole constitution 

as the brethren who have long since gone to their i 
wards, delivered it to us." lie makt'S another quo' 
tion, and says : We should "Earnestly contend fur t 
faith which was once delivered to the saints ;" whi 
is right. But we would i ow ask, who was it that i 
livcrcd the faith to the saints ? Was it Germantoi 
and Philadelphia ? or even the ancient brethren 
(jermantown. We have a guide to go by which ' 
liold in higher reputation, namely, the word of t 
Lord Jesus Christ. 

"i>ut if any one seems to be contentlou?,we havei 
such custom." 


3Iid'e<tebiir^, Inch 

A lew TItougfcls. ■^,:. 

In No. 1 of this Yol. we read a conversa,tlon offc 
washing by brother Wise. I heartily agree that t 
Church represents the body of Christ. I have no ( 

With all these facts and circumstances before 

u^, we come to this conclusioK, viz, — tliat the 

leason why John the Baptist is Jess than the least 

.' in the Kingdom of Heaven,, is that he is not 

known there as John the Baptist but as Elijah 

i]i.e pmnhet. 


Joncsboyonfjh, Tenn. 

J-or Iht Companion. 
Feet Washing. 

In perusing the C-mpaoivi, current volum;*, No. 4, 

mv altcinion .VIS attracted by an article written by 

„..bro;her Silas Thomas. The bVotiier s>eems to advocate 

^ i^Q sin;j;le moilo of feetwashing ver/ strongly. On 

^'?pa-e o^, second column, he .sa\8: "It is not ea.^y to 

"conceive li'ow he could have washed feet with one hand , 

•'if it bad been his purpose, by the pame method, to es- ! 

tabli^h the Hn;;le mode. lie did, however, not by an 

wilf*' °We do not wish to contend with brother Thoni- .. . , , • .v j j»u„.ii 

^ I^4n the subiect but w. desire evidence, He loseth hii thauks, who promiseth and deUyei. 



F6r iJit Companion. 

<!od in the eieation of all animate beings, f<jrined in 
thoin certain con^^enial n.iturei, and instincts, which 
arc carcrully adapred to the respective po3:^e3soi\^. 

S » strange is the grand and peculiar organization 
of the aniui il kin^iloai, a^ weli iis the ration;il order, 
that no one nature c.\\\ !)3 appropriately suited to them 
all : hence we may ja:<tl'.' come to i!ie tenable o onclu- 
eii^n, that (.» )d designed that a variety 'X natures 
shiulii exi<t in all paits of the eartli, iri order that ai! 
t'lings siioull servo f>r th-i use an'i benelit of each 
ot.'ier, or be used f«>r certain necessary purposes ; 
Iience the pino is usefu!, though weaker than the oak ; 
t'ae mild and de'.io it? lamh is useful, as woU as the 
st.'ong a;i I luwerail elepiianc ; likewise may the weak 
mind find an appropriate orbit, as well as the strong 
an I ehvatcd temperament : the f >ruiir has his I'laee 
a-»d sh) d I work tn^reiu : while the latter ha3 his no 
Ms work to perform, iu a more elevated sphere ; tiio 
former has his j laoe, an t sustains a relation to the 
cirp.'urer, tlia on? heneats the other and .-should bt- 

Tae uiiid nature of th^ lam') is in precise harmony 
with itA finely constructed body : while the strong and 
rabu-it elephant has a nature that is suited to his body 
in every respect: the sh'>rtn3S3 of his ne.^k renders his 
trunk necessary t> sustain his vitality. 

All nature rau^t harmonize with if£clr, as it is but 
the work of one Creator, who has made jil tilings to 
benefit each otlierv iience tlie diierent natures and in- 
gtiauts are as useful to the world, as so many wild au- 
i"i;is and sensitiv.' beings ;o fill the earrh, for its pro- 
pv; uie and n>hl3 h^neiit. and still all have th<^:r pla- 
c •s. 

The pure and elevated oerebruois will look aloft ann 
attpjnpt to stand on high, wnile the vital teniperaraeat 
may c rise another to -tani lower in ibe estircation of 
kiiiwledge, but eiyii his his phics aadsiDjid he r.*- 
S;. '■;:•.' I a-; the ^.uk of i>) I's han U. Sj li-t nature nc 
i:i iii-imn/ with i's If. and lh;j ii'jlc load t;ie world, 
and a'l' will be \x\ pfin'^: and imr.nm)/. 

J. il. MOOllE. 

Ufh:ina^ lil. 

SjL-eei by Josatua:* D*.vi?. 

II .\r Tv> PfT oil" T.ii: OLD Max. — I'aas your hand 
ovor i)vjiCon Ms. head, and about an i.uja :ind a iiai; 
itS iv». and a iitiJ'j lorward of toe ears, you find a />r >- 
tilter^fii'i Widc.i t.hrc.i »1 • 'i-ii ■ lil ui'^ buim at acquis. 

IJy n.-itiire t'lo .^.:.v^. /.i ■ -i* ; .\ii>.j i,.,,i , i._. ^racc lie 
jtvi-d (jrid. B.-twoen tliein there waa Cjntinaal war. 
J)»;:; foi;lit -on.* likj Mi-und, t.he other like the D- 
v'd. As there was long war bel-reen the h^jUiC of Da 
vii and tiie hou-e of Sml. so there was long war in the 
earthly iiouse ot the Deacou. 

Iu the ria ne church with Daacan M. was a poor 
brother. This poor man had the miafortuae to lose 

his cow. She died. To g^X him another, the ,n;ood 
deacon headed a subscription with five dollars, and 
paid it. Thi5 act dis.piietod Mannuon. Mammon, 
with true hcariit zeal, begin to rant and rave : "Why 
this waste ? charit.Y begins at home; the more you 
give the more you may ; let people learn to take care 
of themselves." 

T le deacon was a Baptis' ; but he f.>imd that the 
baptismal Water did neither )r'^?sn, wash away, < rwash 
clean the old man. The tempter backed Ma nmon, 
and putting a glass to the Deacon's eye showed him, 
not the kingdoms and glories of this world, but the 
poorhuuse, wretchedness, poverty and rags, and said: 
••All tiiese things will your master give you in your eld 
age as a reward of your charity." 

To still these clamors, Deacon M. wej.t to the desti- 
tute man, and told him he must gwQ ba_>k the five dol- 
lars. The poor man returned them. This last act 
roused tiie new man, and now nature and grace stood 
face to face. 

To cive. o'- aot to give, thit is the queatioa. 

Thus stood the deacon, poising and balancing, and 
halting between two opinions. ' T!ie deacon Ipoke : 
•M3 brother, some men are troubled with their old, 
wjmea ; I am troubled with mj old man. I must put 
off my old man, as the Jews put oJT their new man 
crudfu him, crucifj kirn." Then unstrapping his 
pocket book, he tcok out a ten dollar bill am", gave the 
poor man. -There,'" saith the deacon, ";f my old man 
say? another word, I'll give him twenty dollars." 

Cnrijtiauiny has kepi pace ?rich scient^e and the arts. 
At no previou? date of the world'.s historv his it bvea 
professed in greater purity of doctrine, by as great a 
number of human beingo, P.nd with so much of the re- 
spect and reverence of uiaakind. it is now more tlian 
ever tne rclvjioii- of the tvodd. No other has such in- 
duen-e over the nations; no other iii gaininii strength : 
every otiierii on the wane, [ilvery" advance in^'sci- 
ence, every nive-tigation of the ruins vi t.le burlul 
•)ast, every step taken in the emancipation of the r.v<^ 
n-e-ry change ni the poliJcai relations of kin-doms 
and empires, serve but the mjre to cnitirm its criim-> 
to iilnsiiatj i;.s truth, to develop i's cn3r<»ies, and to 

"trcngtlien iis hold upon the con'cicncj and heart. 

Ev.rythiug iiirdcates that ere long evert' other roli.'. 
ion mu-,t give place to the religion of the VkW.? an°i 
lite a^vav »^ the ^*lladov^•s of nighr. b-fore the ri-'ir, - 
s\xn.— Hatfield. 

PACj/h ^v^t;.l^s .■.r>.- lull oi <Ju:L.t. In the first thir- 
teen verses of Corinthiaos he refers to him thirteen 
cim,-s. I'hihp Henry's wise counsel was : '-Preach a 
crucified Savior in a crucified style." 

The infirrnities of saints are recorded in the Word 
for our humbling and warning, and their .rracci for 
our imitation and encouragement. 



For the Companion. 
Big Words. 

Brother Henry : — Just coming a3 it ^ere from the 
margin of the grave from another severe spell of my 
dreadful disease — hemorrhage, [spitting of blood.] — 
We dontfeel much like TTri'.ing, yet at same time wish 
to say something by ^ay of explanation upon "Eig 
Words," and your remarks upon the same. We hope 
therefore jou Avill give us space in the Covipanion so 
that tre may be understood. 

You complain, [sarcastically too, we think,] of us be- 
ing, two severe on big words. Wc take your remarks 
all in good heart and wear the cap Trhere it fits, and 
we hope you will do the same in regard to what we 
hay« to say further. You are certainly mistaken 
about the prejudicial part. You have put a common 
word ia the wrong place. My Vv'ebsterV Unabridged, 
latest edition, says the meaning of the word prejudice, 
13 "An opinion or decision of mind formed tvithout due 
examination." That is to say. then, according to 
your remarks, that I have formed an opinion about 
big words without proper inrestigation of the subject, 
without iact or foundation. Let us see. You have 
prepared and laid before ;vOur readers lesson No. 1 
taken from the Bible, with encouraging remarks, that 
those who could m?ster this lesson, without a dictiona- 
ry could apply for lesson No. 2. Please considsr me 
aa applicant. 

W"e take a lessen from Companion and make the 
same proposition. 


Stultification, orbs, walking-encyclopedia, iota. 
prognostication, relumed, fructiScation, authlete, pre- 
monition, propifciouB, perspicuity, undestructible. antici- 
patirely, effulgence, dismerited, hypothesis, hcaven- 
piercing-top, lave, poignant, allegory, syilogiim, an- 
tithesis, obliquities, chronologic, incarcerative, contin- 
gencies, philosophically, astronomically, &c., And 
thougi.ndi more of the same ca?tc from the same source. 

These are high-floTsing and swelling words which 1 aiu 
fearful most of your readers do not understand. Per- 
sons who can command such words as these, surely 
can talk plainer, and have in the place of these big 
words, words which can be readily understood by the 
common reader. Why, then, not have it so ? for the 
swelling words sound as brass & tinkling cymhal [\Ve 
have changed the orthography. — Ed.] to cur unlearned 
brother. How is our brother to be edified with such 
language? The command is to edify and build each 
other up. " — 

Such language is not necessary in preaching the 
Gospel, because our religion is a plain one, and such 
words have & tendency to make it obscure, and of no 
effect. Wc are to use this world, but not abuse it. 
We can use these big words in talking about the afiairs 
of this world; but wh-in it comes to u'^^mg them in re- 
ligion, it is an abuse of the thing intended. Your pa- 
per is headed Christian EAMtLY ■Co:\fPASroN' ; that i^ 
to say, it is Christ-like. Compauioa is one with whooi 

we associate, nnd whieh we can understand. Please 
show your readers where Christ used any such bom- 
bastic highfalutin as seen in my lesson No. I. [There 
now, I have used a h\z word, and one not found in a 
dictionary. Well, I had as well use a word not found 
ia a dictionary as any one else.] 

You will admit, I think, that it is not Cbrist-like 
and companion like in this respect. We think, then, 
that our lesson No. I is a clear and occularly demon- 
strated /a^f, (another big word) and not prejudice. — 
Jesus adapted his language to the understanding of the 
people, so they might know &nd be saved. So too, if 
we have anything to Fay to tlie public, we should adopt 
such language as is best suited to their understanding, 
and not such a'? best suits us, regardless of the multi- 
tude ; and we think anything short of this is proof that 
we write or preach to please ourselves, and to b3 seen 
and heard of men. If this be true, "verily we have 
our reward.'' Wc still say such are not worthy »f 
any attention and it is your duty, and mine, and all, tc 
cal' unto such and say: Zaccheus, Comedown! I must 
abide at thy house today, Dont soar so high. Como 
down and be content to be on the same footing with 
your Master, and if you dont come down mo cant 
dwell with you. 

There are thousands of words in which we cpn ex- 
press our meaning and be readily understood, and our 
speech be not "stiained or irregular." This middle 
stand then will place the lambs in such a csndition as 
they can get their food with pleasure, and thus avoid 
"Stiff necks and high racks." It will be necessary also 
not to have their food of a too heavy texture, or too 
highly-seasoned, so that they may be able to ''hew it 
well and thus help digestion and promote a healthy 
circulation. 'We arc to avoid extremes, for they are 
never good. "In all cases of doubt take the side of 
safety ;" and it is better to err on the safe side. Mul- 
tiplication, misunderstanding, etc., arc long words, but 
not what we call big words, for they are words we 
commonly use, and of course easily understood. They 
dont partake of the nature aud caste of the words in my 
lesson No. 1. 

The church has ordered us to preach the gospel, and 
in doing this wemusiof necessity use all of our influence 
against every thing that is calculated to hinder the 
cau?e of our Master. Hence our remarks on big words, 
for they are most assuredly clogs on the wheels of tlie 
Gospel Car and hinder its advancement, because they 
are not adapted to th') understanding of the many. — 
We should never compromise the truth, and when we 
have anything to say publicly, officially, or otherwise, 
we should say it plainly. Yea, say it bluntly, if need 
be, rather than not b-; understood. There is too much 
of the spirit of compromise and smoothing things over 
these days at the expense of truth. It was not so with 
Jesus and his Apostles, for they were out and out and 
straight forward in all things. If any needed a re- 
tKikti', lliijy EOt it; and that sharply too. No stopping 
to ask if it Avould hurt their feelings if told of a fault. 



A certain ancient philosoijher said on one ocension, 
*»Giveme a fulcrum or a pUce t> rest tny lever and I 
will raise the worlJ." So with his Sitaiiic Majesty, 
the devil, if ho could succeed in putting big word^ 
enough in the m lulli-^ of Ciirin's ininiater.^, he wouhl 
80on°blot Chtisiiariity out of existence, for it ii one of 
hi3 great lovers bv wiiich hs has succeeded but too 
well. *i roirdstcr of Jesus and a physician are two of j 
the most importunt characters of life, for one has j 
charge of the soul and the other the body. We cant [ 
conceive of anything of more importance than soul and ; 
bodj. We all kndw then the importance of our doc- 
tor giving a pain and well directed prescription, so 
that the right medicino may bo administered and a 
cure affected speedily. But if it comes obscure & con- 
fused a conseqisnti of it, is, the wr^jng treatment 
is given, and then confusion worse confounded, and the 
cure worse til in the disease. Sj with the minister of, 
Christ, — he knows thac we are all lost and ruined — 
sinners, without the application of Jesut' blood. He 
must tell the sinner go, but tell him in such a way th;it 
he cannot be misunderstood, and il he dont succeed in 
winning tl»» sinner, he wdl have the comforting assur- 
ence that his whoio duty has been faithfully, plainly 
discharged, and his skirts clear. 

When we talk of the Arts and l^ciences and all the 
great affairs of this world, big words are proper in 
their places ; but when we come to speak of Jesus and 
his great lalvation, your big words are really an in- 
sult to the cause and we should scorn them and say, 
"get thee henct, S»tan." I am a friend to education, 
but let everything be done in order. 

M'}dus operandi pro-bono publico pro re nata, sine 
qua non, — or in other woid*, my manner of opera- 
tion is to write for the public good as circumstances 
require, which is an indispensable condition, 


SykffvilUy Md. 

*»—♦—« iW 

For the C«mpun<on. 
Social Meetines. 

In looking orer the 5th number, present volume, I 
saw a piece written by brother David Bowman, rather 
putting down what brother D.iniel Smith had written 
■-m reg! rd to holding social meetings, which ha? rather 
an obscure tenor to my judgement. It seems to me 
when I read the expressions of brother Borman there 
must be something wrong in some corner, or these two 
brethren would see alike, and hold forth tho same doc- 
trine regarding meetings of that nature. For my part 
whtn I read the art'cle of Daniel Smith, I thought 
the t-;nor of the same had a strong tendency to edifv 
the disciples of Jesus at large, and contains wholesome 
instructioni, and the very esuence of life wliich should 
b^ raanifestid tironghout the whole fraternitr. Broth- 
er Bjwman holds forth in the fir.-t place : '"aud silenoe 
from all would imply t'lat wc were i i sympathy with the 
[article. But this I think is certainly not the' case." I 
[am sorry to hear from a dear brother that he docs not 

sympathize with articles advocating the propriety of 
holding evangelical Social meetings, held in accor- 
dance with tho instructions of St. l-*aul. First Cor It: 
-40. It seems to oppose the instructions of Pa-il 

and thr grant of the yearly meeting of 1?58, article 
■iO ; and 18G1, article 1. For such meetings wo have 
authority in holi/ writ sufficient to build upon and back- 
ed up by the annual Council. Again I quote brother 
Bowman's language ; *'In my opinion such article! arc 
calculated in their nature to sow discord in tho broth- 
erhood, both at home and abroad, and surely wo al- 
ready have discord and trouble enough in the church 
without sowing seed bo prolific of contention." To 
sow discord and trouble in the church when a minister- 
ing brother advocat«3 that lay-members should engage 
in prayer and admonition when convenitnt, is an as- 
»crtion in my opinion to be repented of. For cvery^ 
page of the Gospel, holds forth quite plainly that "old 
things are paised away, behold all things aro become 
new." Again, ''except a man be born again he cannot 
see the kingdom of God." During the time of our apos- 
tacy and fallen state, wo are deprived of life, and dead 
in sin and transgress'ons, and consequently in such a 
state we are blind, deaf, speechless and without action. 
But how is it when old things pass away, just now 
spoke of, do we not see, feel, hear, move, act, and 
apeak of those who have been "dear and are now alike 
again, who were lost and are now found again?" I 
presume we do, we cannot withhold praise and thaaks- 
giving from him who has rescued our souls out of the 
grasp of the adversary and destroyer. Praise him 
privately and in public, in word and in action, is the 
motto of the saints. Of course all in decency, and in 
order, as the Bible teaches, and where these virtues 
lack, there is agieat, and probably the animation from 
above. Prayer is one of the main weapons the soldiers 
of Christ art equipped with. "Watch and pray" is 
the injunction of Christ upon all his followers. We 
have those social meetings in Dauphin Co. Pa., and 
I have had for many years, and find them to be of a 
! great benefit, to the House of God, and also to them 
i which are yet outside. A n'jw thing it is not as some 
; assert, for the brethren had such a custom at least fif- 
ty years ago. The evening proceeding the regular 
meetings for preaching, they engage in social meet 


Elizabcthtown Fa. 

j Our Lord'c life was a life of opportunities, became 
I he was ready to take up the thread of life where he 

found it. It rebukes the life of miny a disciple of his, 
j whose door is never darkened, year after year, with a 
j soul craving of him a knowledge of th« bread of life. 
( It rebukes many another, who so hedges himself with- 
: in himself, by a pasjion for singularity, or by a cool 

indirterence to the world's needs, that while the w»rld 
I may stand in awe of him, or even hate hiji, it wishes 
I most of all to burj him out of si^ht. 



tor the Companion. 
The Pil;$riui. 


There is a path pu'-suM by few 
A way not plcasini^ to the view, 

A nanow lonely road ; 
Through hidden snaies and open foes 
That paih the Clirit-tiaii pilgiiin goes, 

Ic leauB to his abode. 

Wi:h staffin hand he journeys on, 
Each day he starts at tarly murn, 

Aud travel-* wirh all speed ; 
TiiC calis to i-ti'p he do; s i oi hi-ar, 
Ltavei all b«hiud that he hold* dear> 

Jesua in all he ueedf. 

At times his juHrney does teem bright, 
His ho;ne he loves is 'iiiOi-l iu si;;hi, 

How ha]>pv does h« feel. 
But pow a ' load it does appear, 
Aud nialivs liiin faint and till'd with fear, 

And o'er Lis peace does bteal. 

Then here and there a place appears, 
Tha'i resr, rt'freshes him, and cheers. 

And aniinales his mind. 
The hope of better things in view, 
The pofnifes he knows are true, 

llu journeys on to tiud. 

His helmet of salvation bears, 

The shield of faith he always wears, 

His armor ihus complete, 
He fears no lot", but keeps the way, 
Taoujjb I'ncugh the d.-Bcit it may lay, 

And never uiaket retreat. 

Thu.-' forward h« does daily go, 
Prepared to fight with every foe. 

That meets him on the way. 
Ilis conllicts here will soon be o'er, 
.\nd h<-'il be call'd to titrtit no mo,e, 

ll-B won 'Etejin.vl i>ay." 

Sweet then indeed will be his rest, 
Ilis Ciii.>tai>i ilien pronounce him blest. 

From E'M recive a chown." 
Sorrow and siijuiuif "ed away- 
His fcuu in :hat, br''j;-.-.i Klorioas day, 

Will i;ot again go down. 

8e:ected by Masy C. Esowbmoer. 
The LtiMtEiose nl Suinmer. 

'Tis tiiu last ro*e of Summer 

Lett blooming alone. 

All hi'i- lovely comojnions, 

A e faded ami j^one. 

No rto\v«r of her k'udrcd — 

No rose-bud i* nigh. 

To reflect l)a( k her blushes, 

Or give si^h tor sigh. 

I'll not It-avc thee, thou loac one? 
To pine oj' ilie stem, 
Sinn; the lovely aie sleeping, 
(ii> bleep thou with thein. 
Thus kiiidiy I fcattcr 
Tliy leaves o'er the h>d, 
Where thy mates Oi'ihegaiden 
Ij'.e Bceulleis aud dead. 

So toon may I lolow, 
Where IVieniMiip-; decay, 
Aud fioin love's sliiniitg circle, 
'I'lie >;enis drop away ; 
V/liR'e trne hearts lie withered. 
And :oMd ones are Bown, 
Oh, who could iuh ibit 
This bleak world alone. 
TT a'jw^boro. Pa. 

Selected by Sallie J. Bucbaker. 
Nearer Home. 

One sweetly sol 'mn thought, 
Comes lo me o'er and o'er — 

I'm neater home to-day 
Than I've ever bi;eu be'ovc. 

Nearer my Fathur's home, 

Whete the many n.ansioas be : 

Neater the great white ihioue, 
Nearer the Jas^per sea. 

Nearer the bounds of li'e, 

Where we lay our ouiueus down. 

Nearer leavi'ig llio oo^s. 
Nearer gamiug the ctown. 

But Ivinir darklv betwt-en, 

Wodiiig dowu tli'OJgh the right, 
Is 'he (li'n and ii'.ikiniwti s'rei'in 

That leads i:ie al lust to hj^ill. 

Closer, closer, my s.'eps 

Cotne 'o ih« dark abysno, 
Closer dea h to tny lips 

Presses the awful chrism. 

Fi'ther, perfect U)y tri!«t, 

Streuf;tlicn the icight of my f.i'-tli, 
Let nie feel j;s 1 woulJ when I stand 

Ou the rock ol the shore of death. 

Feel as I would when n;y feet 

Are flipping on the b ink. 
For ii m ly be I'm n.^aie'' home, 

Ndarer now than I ih-nk ! 


Seeds ut Th»u;;Ut. 

What we lent.! to tne Lt')rii draws 
interest eternally. 

Heaven is the only sale place for 

The question i.-: not what have you 
given, but t^h-At have }ou kej4 .' 

(iod reckons the amount given by 
what is leit in the ]jur.>e. 

A ^vidow's mite outweighs a rich 
man's treasures. 

Poor men Avnnt some thing?, rich 
men more things, covetous msn aii 

God's bank never l.rf-aks. 

<'od's notes iietd no (iKi<)rsing. 

lie who has a divine Fiicnd need 
not fear huuuin fucd. 

I'uor men oi'ten have the best 
credit at G.>(l"s bank. 

Some t;ike so much care ofliietn 
selves that God has tiUi little chance 
to helj) them. 

lli^ who serve-* hiiuFcit' is a slave 
to i*. fo;il. 

Give Christ V"ur iive loaves and 
you v.!ll >:ct biick twoive !);i-kets. 

t^aviug laiih is tite i^eliot of sav- 
ing truth. 

The Bible says much about men's 
duties, and iittU; a'ount their rights. 

if all men do iheir duties, ah men 
will have their right.<. 

I Grace to endure ia greater than 
i grace to labor. 

i Ueauty and gold are dangerous 
i possessions. 

Money attracts rogues — beauty 
! lakes. 

I Prudent persons hide their treas 
j ures, 

! Tiiose who have the money often 
I feel the poorest. 

j Great blessings bring great re- 
i sponsibilities. 

(>'od's giiefs are better than Sa- 
tan's joys. 

Tlie best learning is wisdom ; the 
best wisdom in goodness. 

AVisdom stays where she is maile 

Wel.-pent days bsing happy 
nights and glaa morrows. 

Wealth makes friends; poverty 
i proves mem. 

: Keep the Lord's company, and 
the devil will stay aviiay. 

A weak head often sits on a stiff 

He who aims too high not only 
misses his mark, but looses his ar- 

Ifc is better to be laughed at tbsQ 
to be lest. 

Kevcnge costs more than forgiv- 

i le who argues iu a rage lacks 
for go(d reusone. 

Our graatest troubles are those 
that never happen. 

It is useless to fret before trouble 
conies, or growl after it goes away. 

■j'o day's duties are moie impor- 
tunt than to inoi row's ci'es. 

li your memory is iioor, forget 

Do not fret over what you can 
help, nor over what you cannot. 

iiear a man's de'ence before you 
condeicn liitn. 

Judicious fcilence is better than 
ra.-ii fpcech. 

You can attend to yovn- O'vn busi- 
ness without Dcing med-iittsomc. 

Keep yi)ur liciu-t right, and }0 irlj 
life will keep itfcli". 

It is u.-eless to change yonr relig- 
ion, if }our reli;iion dues not chai)„ej 


You cannot varnish a rotten 

Gold does not need guilding. 




A man with » 8eaied oonsctehce, 
is like a mad horse with a broken 

He that sows to the flesh will 
have a sad harvest. 

From tlie cobweb-? of idbnes? 
grow the cliaiiis of sloth. 

(iod's wise men are the w^orld's 

If you are a stranger on the 
earth, the devil's do^s will bark at 

i'oor m'>n often trade most in the 
Lord's ma'ket. 

A present; cross betokens a future 
crown. j 

i'arry your cross on dry land,' 
and it will cai ry you in deep wa- j 
tcrs. I 

Believe God's word and you can i 
do without many comaientaries. 1 

rarfants who lio t> thoir children 
sou d>ui>t vii) r.s pvouiise.s to thcra- , thief in tho house is woise \ 
t'aan ten in the sceet. 

II. L. II. 

Tobacco *^iiew<?rs. 

Brother Il.ihim/er ; — I enclose a 
slip containing a plain hint to to- ; 
_ bacco cher,er?, which I have clipped } 
from a new.spnper ; and as some of 
our bretarca aud others who attend 
o'lr meeti.ngs, jire guilf \' of the same 
practice, I send it to you f >r pu'oli- 
c ition in the Cjmpanijn, if you see 
proper, hoping that it may induce 
such to considet th^ i-npiopriety of 
the filthy habic of soiii.i^ the fl )or 
01 ths iioasa of Ooi wich the nasty 
j lice of t')')acc). 

R03IE sxo\vder':;eii. 

Xew Entcrjjriis<{ I*a. Jan. 'lln'l. 

One of the mo->t indecent habit< , 
extant, is that of cbewing cohacco in 
ciiurche* and spittiiiji the di^;»ustin^J 
uliii over the door.", to the great in- 
c>>nvenienc; of ladies and tlie a:i- 
n.iyance of g-intletucn, who are fre- 
(pitjijily couipeliei to occupy the 
Sdaic .-eat. Tne man that cannot 
retriia fron tobacco durin ' 
th'j hour of divine tseivice, is a slave 
to a practies that he should milci 
great e.xcrtions to free himself i'rooi, 
as the church ii n jt a tit place for 
an e.thibition of the filth hj ejects. 
We would ask those who arc ia the ■ 

habit of chewinc? tobacco in the 

churches aiid ppittiu:^upon tlie floor^i 
what would you think of a man who 
would enter your parlor or sitting 
room and wailo. there spit pools of 
tobacto on your floors and 
c^ -pets ? Your parlor is designed 
as a place in which to make yorr 
liuest comfortable d'lrini; iiis stay 

~ * • • • ' 

with yon, and the church is design 
ed as a place for the comfort of hear 
ers during Uiv tic services. Nei 
ther is it intended as a liepositoiv 
of filth ; and a iii:in u no more justi- 
fiable in violating the common pro- 
prieiies of eve:y day life while in 
church, than while in your parlor, 
and no gentleman will be guilty of 
such an impropriety in either ca!?e. 
We submit these remaiks to the 
careful consideration of all who are 
in the habit of tdiewing tobacco in 
cliurches, with a full assurance t'litt 
a f-vv uioiuents seiiou-i refleeii)n v>\\ 
\ sutfieo to convince them of the hei i- 
ousnpss of thtir offensive haMts,v.tid 
that they will hereafter refrain Irom 
chewing during Divine .-ervices. 

Little Thinss. 

j Little words are the sweetest to 

1 hear ; little chai'it'ies iiy tiirthest, 
and stay longest on the wiig ; iittie 
larks are the stil'tst, little hearts 

\ thjf'iKsstand iitti.: farms best tiiled. 
Little oooks most read, and iictls 
songs the mo-t loved. And when 

; nature would make any thing espe- 

; cially rare and beautiful, she niak^is 
it little, — liule pearls, little dia- 

: monds, liitlo dews. 

; Everybody caii.< that little, which 
he loves best on earth. We oiice 
heard a good sort of a man speak 

I ot his lit ie wife. We her, aiii 
sih! weigiied two hundred pounds 1 
We were surfiri-^ed! Cut then it 
was no joke ; the man meant it. He 
coul.l puc his wife in hi< heart, and 
have room lor other things be.sides; 
and wnat was she Out | reeious, and 
wnat was she out iiitler — B. F. 

• bo not be tfOrfbled because yc 
have no gre»t virtues. God niai 
million spires of grass where 1 
made one tree. The earth is fiin 
ed and carpeted, not with fore.s 
but sirass. Onlv have enou^;!! i 
little virtues and common fiaelili* 
aud you need not mourn becau 
you are neither a saint nor a hei 

It is easier to forgive those wl 
have iuformed us than it a 
confess to those whom we ha 

Our knowledge is as tho rivub 
norrow and shallow ; our ignoran 

as the sea, vast and profound. 

«"» — — 

It is better to be laughed at 1 
doing right, thun to be praised \ 
doing wrong. 

With every chiid we lose we s 
detMier into life, as with evory ! 
ded lens we pieroo furtiier into t 


None but the contemptible a 
appehensive of contempt. 

Quarrels would never l.a3t lo 
if the fault were on onj side onlv 

Make no more vain resolutiot 
but proceed at once to duty. Knc 
your weakness, trust and pra 
God will help you through and gi 
you patience. 


Let your thoughts be fit and sn 
able for the fu'.j.-ct. Every d 
have iii^hjr thoughts of God, low 
thou^ihtd of self. 

AiHiction is the wholesome soil 
virtue where patience, honor, bWc 
humanity, and calm forlitudo, ta 
root aud btrongly tluurish. 

Max is like a watch : if evenin.; 
and morning he is not wound up 
with prayer and circumspection, he i 
IS unprofitable and fuUe, or scrvM * 
to mislead. . ;^j'^ 

Life is divided into three term 
that which was, whicli is, and wLi 
wid be. 

Let lis learn from the past 
profit by the present, and fr.»iu t 
present to live better for tlu 

Prayer frequently helps to pr 
ing fervently. 



Hardships ot African Tratel. 

Dr. Krapf, having escaped from 
the attack made by a band of sava- 
ges upon his party, wai driven to 
wander about the forest until he had 
reached a place of comparative safe- 
ty. After nandering some time, 
until he vraa weary, he continues : 
"Believing myself on the right track, 
1 lay down behind 4 bush ; for I 
Wis 80 wearied out that I could 
scarcely keep my feet, and for pro- 
tection against the keen wind which 
blew over the plain I cut seme dry 
grass and spread it over and under 
my body. Awakening after a few 
hours, I saw to the cast a hill as it 
were on fire, the flames lighting up 
the whole country round. It oc- 
cur! ed to me immediately to bend 
my steps toward that hill, fearing at 
daybreak to be met or noticed in 
the plain by the robbers, while I 
hoped to pursue my course unob- 
served in the mountain junglo which 
I should be sure to find there. The 
result proved that I was in the right; 
for, as I afterwards heard, the rob- 
bers kept up th« pursuit of the flying 
Wakamba during the ensuing day. 
After I had started again I felt the 
pangs of hunger and thirst ; the wa- 
ter in my telescope-case had run 
out, and that in the barrels of my 
gun which I had not drank had been 
lost on my way to Mount William, 
as the bushes had torn out the grass 
•toppers, and so I lost a portion of 
the invaluable fluid, which in spite of 
the gunpowder flavor imparted to it 
by the barrels, thirst had rendered 
delicious. My hunger was so great 
that I tried to chew leaves, roots, 
and elephant's excrement to stay it, 
and when day broke to break my 
fast on ants. The roaring of a lion 
would have been music in my ears, 
trusting he would provide me a meal. 
A llUle before daybreak I did hear 
a lion roar, and immediately after- 
ward the cry of an animal, which 
however soon ceased, for, no doubt, 
the lion had seized his prey ; out 
the direction from which the cry 
came was too distan*; for me to risk 
leaving raj route to descend into 
the plain. For some time I marched 
along the barrier formed by the 
burning grass. It was a grand 

sight, and the warmth was very ac- 
ceptable in the coolness of the night. 
August 28, when day danned, I saw 
that I was a good way from Dana. 
I thanked God for hia preservation 
of rat during the night gane by, and 
commended myself to his protection 
for the comino; dav. I found that I 
was taking the right direction, al- 
though not on the same trask T>hich 
we had traveled when coming hith- 
er. Indeed, it often seemed as if an 
invisible hand was directing my 
steps ; for I had invariably a strong 
sensation that I was going wrong 
whenever, by chance, I deviated 
from the right direction. Soon af- 
ter daybreak I saw four immense 
rhinoceroces feeding behind some 
bushes ahead ; th«y stared at me 
but did not move, and I naturally 
made no attempt to disturb them. — 
On the whole I was no longer afraid 
of wild beasts, and the only thought 
that occupied me was to reach Kitui 
as soon as possible. Coming to a 
sandpit with a somewhat moistish 
surface, like a hart panting for the 
waterbrooks, I anticipated the ex- 
istence of the precious fluid, and dug 
into the sand for it, bat only to meet 
with disappointment ; so I put some 
of the moist sand in my mouth, which 
only increased my thirst. At about 
ten o'clock, A. M., I quite lost sight 
of the Dana district, and began to 
descend the mountain, reaching a 
deep valley about noon, when I c%me 
upon the dry and sandy bed of the 
river which we mujt have crossed to 
the south-west eniy a few days be- 
fore. Scarcely had I entered its 
bed when I heard the chattering of 
monkeys, a most joyful sound, for I 
knew that there must be water wher- 
ever monkeys appear in a low-lying 
place. I followed the course of the 
bed and soon came to a pit dug by 
the monkeys in the sand, in which I 
found the priceless water. I thank 
ed Uod for this great gift ; and hav- 
ing quenched my thirst I first filled 
my powder-horn, tying up the pow- 
der in n?y handkerchief, and then 
my telescope case, and the barrels 
of my gun. To still the pangs of 
hunger I took a handful of powder 
and ate it with some shoots of a 
young tree which grew near the wa- 

ter ; but they were bitter, and I soon 
felt a severe pain in the stomach. — 
After climbing the mountain for 
some way, all of a sudden I observed 
a man and a woman standing on a 
rock which projected from it, and 
tried to conceal myself behind a bush; 
but they had seen me and came 
toward me. By the aid of my tele- 
scope I discovered that these people 
were Wakamba. They called me by 
my nan^e, and I came out of my hi- 
ding-place and went toward them, 
recognizing Ngumbau and his wife, 
who had beea accused of witchcraft 
by the Atua, and doomed to death. 
— Krapf i Researchet in Eastern 


^ » 

Sooial lutercoorse. 

Without friends what is man ? — 
A solitary oak upon a sterile rock, 
symmetrical indeed in its form, 
beautiful and exquisitely finished, 
outrivaling the most lauded perfec- 
tion of art in gracefulness and gran- 
deur, but over which decay has sha- 
ken her black wiig, and left iti 
leaves blighted; its limbs contract 
as they die ; its roots rottenness.and 
its bloom death ; a scathed, lifeless 
monument of its pristine beauty. — 
When the rebuffs of adversity are 
rushing us earthward, when the 
cloudj are black above, and the mut- 
tering thunder growls along the sky, 
when our frame is paNied by the 
skeleton of disease ; or our sense i 
whirled in the maelstrom chaos of in- 
sanity, when our hearts are torn by 
the separation of some beloved ob- 
ject, while yur tears are yet flour- 
ishing upon the fresh turf of depart- 
ed innocence — in that tims it is the 
office of friendship to shield us from 
portontions storm, to quicken the 
fainting pulses of our sickly frame, 
to bring back the wondering star of 
mind within the attraction ot sympa- 
thetic kindness, pour the "oil and 
balm" of peace into the yet fester- 
ing wound, and deliver the aching 
heart from the object of its bleeding 

Private Prayer. — In the morn- 
ing the miad is calm ; the tempta- 
tions of the day have not beset you ; 
the duties of the day have not filled 
your mind and begun to vex you. — 



Before you go to tho duties of the 
day, to its cares and auxieties and 
temptations, begin the '"ay with 
prayer. Temptations you certainly 
will meet ; trials of virtue and pa- 
tience will overtaVe you ; and many 
times before night you will n-^ed the 
aid of your Father to shield you. — 
Go to ilim, and ask His counsel to 
guide you, His power to uphold you, 
His spirit to sanctify you. Then 
will you ha\c dv,ne what ii equiva- 
lent to half th« duties of the diy, 
when yuu have thus engaged His 
care and assistance. And when the 
evening comes, when you hare done 
with the duties of the day, the body 
is wearied, the mind is jaded, when 
the world is shut out by the shades 
night, when you come to look back 
and review the day, when you see 
how many deficiencies have marked 
it, how many imperfections still clus- 
ter around you ; h (W^ many sins 
stare you in the face, how little you 
have done for yourself or for others, 
or for God, the clay passed, then is 
the hour of prayer. It will be sweet 
to feel that you have One to whom 
you can go, and will hear you, if 
you are penitent, and ask in the 
nam* of Jesus Christ; One wliowill 
accept your evening sacrifice, and 
give you strength for the morrow, 
and gird you with His righteousne.*?. 
This hour, if tightly improved, will 
be likft the clieering countenance of 
a moit beloved friend. Take care 
that nothing comes between you and 
these hours devoted to God. 

Selected by J. R. Holsitiobr. 
Oar Rule. 

Obedience to Jesus Christ is the 
proof of our friend-ship to him. Obe- 
dience implies a rule. How can we 
ob«»y if there be not something to 
follow ? Some rule to regulate our 
conduct ? Some standard or guide ? 
Something to tell us what to dg and 
what to shun ? There is such a 
rule ; and our obedience must be ac- 
cording to the rule which God has 
given us. " Do whatsoever I coni- 
maml you," says -Jesus. To obey is 
to follow the rule which God has 
given to do what he commands. -- 
Tiiis rule is the Bible. "The Word 
af God," which is oontainid in the 

Scripture of the Old and New Tes 
taments, is the oidy rule to direct us 
how we may glorify and obey him ; 
and how we must worship and serve 
him. This is tho only rule, and it is 
a iufiicient rule, because it is the 
Word of God. "Holy men ot old 
spake as they were moved by the 
Holy Ghost.'' "All Scripture is 
given by inspiration of God." No 
matter who the writer is, it is God 
who speaks through him. It is not 
Peter, nor James, nor John, nor 
Paul that speaks ; but it is God who 
speaks through them. Men wrote, 
but God taught them what to write ; 
and it is treating the Bible as a 
more human composition, and placing 
it on a level with any other book, to 
represent its teachings as only the 
utterance ot the man who wrote it. 
It is talking like an unbeliever — it 
is talking like an isfidel — to say. as 
has been said, " Would you abstain 
from that act because John forbids 
it ? or, would you practice that thing 
because Peter enjoins it ? or, would 
you believe that because James 
teaches it ? or, would you refuse to 
fullow in that course just because of 
a little sentence of Paul forbiding 
it ? A little sentence of Paul, or 
Peter, or John ! The sentence is 
not their's, but God's. God spake 
through them ; and what He spake 
through these and other inspired 
men, makes up the Bible — the whole 
Word of ( Jod--and this is our rule 
of faith and practice, — our rule be- 
cause it is (Jod's Word, and con- 
tains his will. God's word and not 
man's; God's will and not man's; 
God's sentences and not the sen- 
tences of men. How can we obey 
when we follow not the rule God has 


? How can we obey and do 

what he commands when wo explain 
away the rule, or weaken its forces 
by calling it the word of men — a 
little sentence of Peter, or Paul, or 
John? No, it is (}od'a Word; and 
if we obey Christ, we must follow 
his rule, his law, his will ; we must 
do what he commands ^nd depart 
from what he forbids, for Jesus 
says, "Ye are my friends if ye do 
whatsoevtr I command you.' They 
who do not what he commands can- 
not be hii friends ; then how is it 

with u8? Are we his friends, or are 
we yet among his enemies ? For 
every man i» either the friend or 
the enemy of Christ. 

Every Duy of th« Week. 

It is remarked that each day in 
the week is set apart for public wor- 
ship by some nation, viz: "Sun- 
(^ay by the Christians ; Monday by 
the Grecians ; Tuesday by the Per- 
sians ; Wednesday by tho Assyrians; 
Thursday by tho Turks ; Friday by 
Moors ; Saturday by the Jews. 

And it may be mentioned as a 
curious fact in this connection, that 
at Tangier, in Morocco there are in 
effect three Sundays in succession. 
The Moors are strict in their ob- 
servance of Friday, and consequent- 
ly on that day no business is done, 
and everything is quiet. The Jews, 
who are the traders and store-keep- 
ers, are equally strict on Saturday, 
and their influence thus pervades the 
town ; while the Christian families 
of the different Consulates observe 
the Sunday proper ; and in this way, 
cooped as all are within the narrow 
limit of the walls, there are three 
successive days marked with the 
stillness and repose of the Sabbath, 
leaving Monday, Tuesday, Wednes- 
day, and Thursday for such inter* 
course as may be necessary in a 
place devoid almost of foreign com 
merce, and having few traits of in- 
teraal activity ; so that half a week 
answers, all purposes, with porhapa 
a day or two to spare." 

_ — ^^p . 

The Ever — llobinson calls 
God "the Ever Near." The Ever 
Near : this is his true title. He is ' 
not a God afar off, but a God nigh 
at hand ; nigh at hand to discern ; 
nigh at band to succor ; nigh at 
hand to deliver ; nigh at hand t» 
continue our existence. Each beat- 
ing pulse beats because God Velpn 
it to beat. We are hanging every 
moment upon him. Were he to g'o 
away, we should iastantly lapse in- 
to nothingness. Let us, as Robin- 
son says, "become conscious of the 
nearness of Gcd." 

The righteous is greater after his 
death than during bis life. 


ClitllgllAk IaM** coipAKioil" 

Christian Family Companion. 

l'yrop.e City, I»a., Feb. 2S, I SCO. 
Our liereuwiticiii. 

Miss Sauau K. Cameker, of; 
whoso sickness several notices [ 
tiave been given in previous • 
iiumbers, died on Thursday last ' 
(18th) at half past 3 o'clock in | 
the afternoon. After an illness j 
of several weeks, she calmly \ 
and peacefully has fallen, wc j 
firmly trust, '■'asleep in Jesus" 

Her remains were conveyed i 
next day to Morrison's Cove, ; 
(her native place,) by P. M. 
train, to be interred in the fam- 1 
ily burying-ground near INIar- j 
tinsburg. All of our flimilv 1 
who could conveniently be ab- 1 
sent, and a sister who attended 
her during sickness, accompani- 
ed the remains on the way. — 
Obituary notice, some particu- 
lars and remarks will be given 
in next number. — Assistant 


Coi-rexjXjHiJeHce vj c/tnrcli Heivis solicitej fro/n 
all jiarii' of t/tg Jirot/ Uvili'r'.t name 
and aduresg required on eve-ry cornmurticatio'ii, 
an yuaranUe oj good faith. Ji'ejcchd toin /mini- 
ciUio'iLs or hiuHitucript ns'd, not, rclnrned. All 
comrunricalionx fur publ'.cutu'ii itliould he urH 
tnH Upon one i-idt oftht ,s/ieel only 



N'ortheru (lifitiict of Inrliara, Maiuh 85th, | 
iu Union Centre coogiegaiio:), 7 miles £OU>ti- | 
wist ot Goshui. I 

Missouri and Kansas (listrict, April IGth, [ I'laUshnr;;, Mo. | 

MiUcUedislilit of Pa., April 20:h, iujanieg' j 
Cuelc < oiisrrj^atioa, Iluiiiiii'^don Co., Pa. j 

Western Ois'iriit of Pa., April 20ib, in Elk- ! 
lick braudi, Somerset Co., Pa. 

"KiutI Words." 

Brother Lyon has "fitly spo- j 
ken" a word under the above j 
head, in another part of to-days ' 
paper. It is well taken, and we 
hope brother Lyon will be on 
the lookout for opportunities of 
throwing in his mite quite fre- ; 
quently, in such an appropriate | 
manner. i 


J. NicliolFOTi, Moultrie Ohio. We Bend i 
E- N. B. No. 39 of List year : but vow do rot , 
tay ■\vliat nunib»rs of ♦his year. Please give ^ 
• he NoV. in \our next. 

D. B. Sell, Hamilton, Mo. G. H's paper 
Las lievrtofo'-e been sent to Kini^ston. V,"ill 
cow «ei:d it lo Hamilton. If he cannot get ! 
the h.ick No'?, let us know f-oon. 

Jo?. Sttid»-l>akcr, Wc't Manchester, Oh^o. 
The '-Wandcrinii ?oul," in the English laa. , 
cuagc is not in the market. i 

Brother Graltill Kner^s Report of 
JBu'^teru Viiiiit. 

Jan. 30th. Had i-eveu meetings at 
(jieen Tree. 

Feb. 4tb, Two meetings at Skip- 

Thence to Mingo district, and had 
Gve meetings in bucce.s,^ii)n. Thence 
to Indian Creek, and had three 
meetin^^s. Thence to S]<ringfi.ild, 
and had three meeting!'. 

12th. To Hatfield and held two 
meetings. Thence to Worcester 
and held two meetings. 

1-lth. TVo meetings at Norri.«- 
15th. One meeting at Philadeljihia. 

Ail those meetings were atteiided 
with interest and good order. The 
brethren are seendngly contending 
for the '•faith once delivered to the 
saints." 1 was treated with much 
brotherly kindness by the brethren 
and sisters. I also spent a part of 
two days of m J journey with broth- 
er Abraham H. Cassel in Montgom 
ery Co., examining the old church 
books, or records of the house-keep- 
ings of the old brethren, and was 
ivell pleased. 


Dear brother, and readers of the 
Companion : I saw an e.xtract of a i 
letter in Mo. G, which convened my ' 
mind \o these words of the S.ivior : , 
"Provide \oui:?elves bags which \ 
wa.K not ohi, and tret'sure in the ! 
heavens that failetli not, where no , 
theif approaclietii, neitlier mo'h cor- ■ 
rup.eth." '•!''«. r where yoiir treas- 
ure is. there nill be your heart :tl ; 
80." In the e.stiacc rel'ened to, I 
read that one of the brethren was 

engaged in folicitirg fulipciibcrsfor'* 
the Comj anion, when on one occa- 
sion a. Iruther declared that lie 
could not afi'ord to pay ior the 
Coi(p,aiion, a)id the brother savs 
tl:e fcame is worth about §-10 00*0. 
I fear sometimes that the brethren 
ate laying up too much of earthly 
tieasures, which will prove to be 
more like, "chaff and btubble, th£.n 
gold and silver," when the time 
comes that they .^^hall render "an 
account of the deeds dene in the 
bodv." I do not with to openly 
mfinifest before 'he public hovY I am 
situated in regard to earthly goods, 
hut when I compared them with ten 
thou?and.s dollars, and would give 
heed to reason, it would tell me to 
forsake the Companion altogether, 
and try to m:ike u<e >>'i it in some 
other way which would add a litilo 
to the store of wealth. I ?m a J 
poor writer, aisd when I do wiite 
it seems to be not worth the while ] 
to read it. But I thoaght vNhen I 
taw that extract, I might throw in 
a rnite. I was not engaged in 
soliciting subscribers for the Com- 
panion for one reason : our neigh- 
borhoods are too German to read 
the Companion. Ml those vho 
'•.an read it, and nu ierstand, get it, 
I suppose M G. GlliilLE. 

Maattrsonville, Pa, 


Dear hro'.hev Henry :1 have been 
expecting an order for books, Lut^ 
perhaps you have not yet sold what 
} on had. The book ("A trei.ties ' 
on Time Immeision,") is creating 
considerable excitement here. An 
egotistical Methodist preacher is 
carrying it around on his circuit, 
abusing and ridiculing it, the au- 
thor and the doctrine. Wc are 
following him and trying to vindi- 
cate the doctrine at least. AV'e ad- 
dressed a large and attentive audi- 
ence last Sunday f'>r about two 
hour.-=, where he riiliculed on the 
Sunday before The people say 
that the cause of truth is loosing 
nothmi: bv the a;'itaiion. The of- 
fei.sive portion \n the article on Ire 
New IJirth, or lathcr the oxpo.'i- 
tion of the instruments used by the 
j.opular Sects of Chiistianit} . — 
The cry is, "Great is Liana oi the 



Et1««i:'"s. In mv n-view I found 
brotlier Z'»;;s extract "on tli • anx 
iius lifiicli ' "uiiiuMitly u^e'.ul, aid 
wi.ul.l 11. t liav.» jiiisscil havin;^ it 
fir five tinif-; the atiitxint of tlie 
vtarlv hu.iacription uf the (Jonifjuu- 
im. I .-iK-uai iii»t I'e >urpriseil, if 
this matcer continues Co be ugita 
te<l here, it it will })'»t a (luietu.s t) 
the bench ;iiid bench r'-li^ioii, and 
put the pe>-plt' t') thiiikiiiL^ solemnly 
upon the suf-ject of Christianity. — 
May the gord Lord give speech to 
the trudi. 

15. ¥. MOOMAW. 

Notice ol Vi«s'ut« U'stricl-.tlPCl- 

lirethrcn of tUa first district of 
Virginia: .^t ilie requbst of the 
brethren, I inromi you throuijh this 
medium that F.'.day and Saturday 
befur<i the st^cnnd Sunday \n April 
are nyp intcd for tie assemblage >i\' 
th-i Itroiherhood — conipouiii^ thi* 
1 i-trict council ; and i: i-< d<?si.'ed 
that sil the t'lurches should bo rep- 
resented. Tile meeting will he held, 
if there H no preventive firoviden-je, 
with the brethren in Franl: in coun- 
ty, V'a. 

B. r. MOOMAW. 


Will S'iiao biocher e.vplain what 
the Urim and Thummim of the Bi- 
ble i-i ? Exodus 28 : 30. I mean 
wliat was it c'luposed of, and what 
was it like ? Wha', does Elder <i. 
W. Siudeljuker sav ? 


\Va.-< I'aul eligible to the office, 
eifh^r uf Bi^ihop or iJeacon 'i To 
bi answered in connecion v.ith 
brother .loht» McCIintocL's tjuerv 
carruat Vjl. Nj. 2. 


f » S K E» . 

■ tet muk all. 



■iiivlir iUii; - fc.i-.u i;..-,. , 

I. M.ih., ^i...•^ t ^^■:\S^>li 

<ir T.ii.i.-r J.jii. I 1 .1 Wv- 
' • ' I. ■«, 1 III" II !i, ai I '» .' ys — 

'1' ■ I •• i v »'i-<'n, _ui«niv-. Ill' 

•' k <''>i--»L'.ii!o'». Ekiiirt 

* •' ' I il • 11 .1 ur.lklV %«0 II III 

fjf o'j.uj ycjrj, Ou; oi'lalj Lai icu^ojubly 

•vV ;• 

; < o(l lii'.i'ih. Iter nioiHiT Hinl ^'^>r innic I 

'■> (111 n vi* ( «"il Klujii'O • went 1 oiiie w'n.'i j 

hfin on the l^t I'liv of Feonwiry, in lier imu- j 

nl liP.iHl). U 1 Tm-sdav Ihe Jii'. »;i< •• riliilir I 

► 111- IVlt >01ir>v'' .i \V>MI 1<-<I, U!l(l 1 :i(l hl■l^^•lt' . 

11110:1 a bt-a tO lit. Biiil liiv a cw iiiiiiiues, I 
w'iirii o If of lnT sisicib lieHiii li ' make a i 
noiM' mill Willi IdliiM. UiU liiTSDiiu w»s I 
jnsi about 10 uke lis lli;;lit to iliat wo lil j 
fi'o.u whence no ir.t Viler eve;- rounis, a'ul 
t>)ie did iiot uuer all other wo-il. it is su'i- 
vo<f(l she died wiih licait di^ea^e. So tliis 
t'.u-di-aili of our lH-lovt(l i-i-t r, should he a 
waniiii'; to us all both old and youu'T. For 
in liiuli HU liour as you lliinit uot Ih'^ Sou of 
man coniMli, and (is detilh leaves u» so eler- 
iiiiy will tiud us. Ilei- Lii^b-iud and children 
weieat ho. no ('o;u'- ^S miles distant) at the 
1 'ine of lier (lealii. Ht remaius were bio't 
ho ■>(,• on Hie S:-il nud i-onvi'ved to their bist 
^e^ n-r nl^ec o'l the -Ith of 1'eb. ; followi-d by 
her ri-la ves and friends, fchc whs a dai!:;h-, her Manuasseh lii-ir win; died some 
yoais a;Vo aiid formerly fiom St;!; k County. 
Ohio. She loaves a so"rowiiiv; Uusband aud 
live childreu io inon '"i ■.'.icir lo s. 

May (iod lil his ininiie wisdo.ii show ibcm 
they too must die, and if .hey ever a;viia e:.- 
]>eet1os"e 1 u"ir ino.licr. iheyuuut i>re[)i'C 
lor d'-aih while it is eal'c 1 to-day, and not 
harden their hi-ats as in ihi»d«y of]" ovo;a- 
I'O'i. Funeral dii;co ' 'so by F.l br J,;co') Uj.- 
key from 1 P.->er 1 : IS to eud of t 
T'i.«i,'t»c please lopy. 

Jo.s Aknold. 

D"pa'teri (his Vc. Deeeniher 'JOtli. 160S, ia 
Eau'e (Jivr-k eluircn, Ih-xork Co., Dtio 0:1 • 
much beloved b other. FliANKLIN J. LOW- 
Ei;S. in I he C3nd year of his a-e. 

He wjs ill (ieliiMio lieuKh for tlie l.vsC 13 
mo'ith-, but his he;ili h was app«;ent'y re- 
eruiiiu^, onl iiii friends thought he wo ''U 
set we'i iiu' lin. i;ut«!a^! hoiv frail n.i: le 
hopes of man ! On t-'h. is. mas ni;;ht he w is 
.iken Very sick, and 0,1 .:e tvi-niu;.r o:' he 
"'.>ih he calmly bieained Ins last, a.i i iris 
f'piri: as-endiii til -(jio I who l .ve it." He 
leaves ;.a aileel'ouafu wl.e aud four 8m.ill 
r'.ild ei with many o.^i r friends 10 mourn 
l!i»-ir loss. }»ut we hope th'ir loss '■>. his ei*:- 
:ihI irain. He was a r.iiiiiful member, afl'^ie- 
I'onal.! hualiand and kind father Tlie o:-,a- 
f'oT was improvid by 'jretbr;n E. Ce.ivie, K. 
Bopserman, and .". Fieed. Ti-o.-u llev. 11: 1«, 
to a l.ii;e C'-j oa'^e ofpeu. 'e. 

S."'!". Ko-:rn.MAM. 

1 1 t-^e VVaddj-ys C ovecoaTCijliou, y e- 
phen.-oii Coiiniv. Ills.. Nov. ].;ih, looJ. ino h- 
er SAMUEL WEBTU. aued abojt 4-i Vers. 
O -easion Improved bv the writ-T, bio'.lier E. 
Ba;I_eraud C. Gin:e-1 Job. M : 1,3. 

Also, in (-amc tt-.;'. . Jo Davis Co'm" ■<•, 
Ills.. liif.:iu son of i> O'lier \Vi i'.:,n and i >- 
terbusan liESllOAK. of intlai). .1.0.1 o:' he 
iiinj;>, aj-ed 1 monih and 5 da vs. Oiv.ii. 01 
Imp ov.-d by brethren B. II. Kepncr mi Myers. 

Also, in the Yellow C'lccVc lonj^ve;^^ ■»'■>> 1, 
Sie'>heiifon Couniy, Ills., broili.-r JOii >( 
GlIU.. for iiiiiiiy years, a minister in t:ie 
(hnieli. f.:;<-(l Vo V'-ais mid 3 I'ays, Ir.ii i-jj 

»i n- I Id III. .101 (i .--ii") f.-ie I feo.i.s 
j tirec '' • nui 1 e i.'s i.> 

j Oii'ii 11 oil i.iip ■...•ed bv 

• b ot >.. 1. i. ..!_ . ^.:i I 1 iiL- wri;e', roil i..J 
! 91 ii rui'm. 
! T" • la-'. 1 ol*';e is a j6::c'.l'oa ( i>ni Coni- 

p lu'.o.i .No. 'j. 
\ .'. .'.T 'N 1 -a. 

In \V-l'.TlI.:i. Feb. .•.■•. ,......v:i- Jwll.V 

; K ;4iNK i-.;.- 1 VJ ya s .'> iiioith^, T du.s. 
> ■ -1 'Ml uy E. Me.z. Tesil.'-v. *ij: 
I 4; 5; C. J- M.UoOrf£. 

In :|ie Co'ie'n.Tn'.;h h'aiieh of the i hu eh. 
(' .m'lrii CoiiMlv Vn.. F.bnarv lb- 4lh. hio'h- 
IlKNUY I). (Joi'MNOl r. M'/ed 7o yiais, o-.e 
ii'oelh Mid ;.'9 days. Fuiicial seivieeRby 
I'.i.' brethren. 

•Al-o in the same b^'ane'i, same dny. WIL- 
LIE S. S.. i'llant ^o■| of b • th-r ('. P." L. and 
fi-ter Martha Jane ISo'ieris. a-jrert one month 
nil I six'.eeii days, Fuiierul t>erviee» by the 

They were boJi i'ltcr'ed in the sjuiugrave- 
y«i-d and at the same 1 line, In the i)reeea-.e 
of a large uiutienee of people. 

Also, in ilip SHU''' ('hircv Febrir.'v S h. 
Sister ANN HI LDEi;:; A VUe.n! wife ofb'oih- 
er Gtor:.:e Ulldelira id and Sep mother to 
the writer, n^ed 7'J years and l:i days. fenc 
leaves a hnslini'l n|)\vaids of 80 years old. 
and seve'al cpldrcii to mourn over i'le loss 
of a kind w'fe. ntiil ino' her. Fune'al se;"vl'.;- 
cs by brelheru IJiiulioo'' and TJiairur. 


Near Deg-aT Ohio, Janu:.: v ICt.i. Vav A. 
Rnylor, a':ed 13 vears 4 mouihs 11 (lavs. — 
Disease. Typhoid Fever. Stic was daii'.;'ier 
of b'O her Samuel .nul fcrsi-r M.T^dHli-ne E..;.'- 
lor. 'i be fu i-ral ocnis'on w«« imp'oved by 
Elder Jo'epn N. Kn.niau and Hie wi;;,er — 
Text. I I'eter 1 : i; I. J. L. FiAo;,;. 

or inflammntio'i of the l>owels. i'l Indbin 
Creek ciiitieh. Iow.t. in the24ih veor of Irs 
a;;p. MAKTIN ll.AKKR. fon of Elder Geo e 
ai'd Elizalieth H.iker. He sut!en-d mne'i, but 
bore bis i)ains with ehiis'Hn eomjosu'e. He 
prayed iiinch, (ind illtdoiilhe breth en to 
pray with hiiu. and had a lively bene of h's 
BC'-epunee wiih God. He rej;retli'd ' hat he 
ha I not united wi.h the ehuith pieviou* to 
his illness. Funeral siTvIi-es by Eld • S^mi'. 
G.) her a:.d o heis to ihe lariiest coi; cu "sc of 
people ev. "-y r -seiiililed h'-e on ►ucli en o- ■; - 
SOI, r-Din tic words <-£'essed Hre the dead 
I hat d'.e in lUe Lord." , 

May 4t;i, lSj3 i.i ihe Elhi'cki one eia'ion, ■ 
Somerset Co., Pa.. fii.=ier SUSANNA F K!", 
w (:ovv o* Jacol) I-'ke, deceased. A-ed 7^ 
yc.irF, 4 mon'''!', fid)4d»vs. Kanea! st.- 
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Th> fo'!oi»^ii; con -o il'o'i evinc « tm li>;;oiuiit y Of nrraTiscinriit 

p«culi irtr il!> OTI1. Evpl-Jrvilfo'i : T!ic i'.iitWl r.n">liH!» bjioII, '"My 

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• •> • lliy « liiit-j </«« q^oicc. 
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'■ . « .■ Uvc./jr viu ty, /» 

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V> St n.'.iiiist Jl-(\"eu ; In «/;« ho;i'- can tow. 
V i- ami Ind us oa Thy w.iy, 

with Tiir l>»vc an I i;ir(; us peacCi 
,. >i. .1 ,Up n'jiui'M us slay. 

• tf)sixu*ifi may cease, 

■ '/a^ o!'c wo ilo. 

S> ; 

Ua '.rraut 

Ile^vciiljr hrrnd.f rgire U«, K)''>, 
I It-, .7 u '"•■ 1 I ipru thy uame, 
la I'.iv • - it« cm ilic, 

.Siac «••' so liish, 

Tbr to-i. f^-' >-.n .V . i... .11 L'.ilv.T.y." 

— ^^^— »- o -« a« r '— 

• . J-'or the Companion, 

Chrt-sfn Church. 

\Y(j in our 4av« otten hear tlij ^'icstfon a^'ksl, where 

' m'a Church? An I ne very well icnK'mbcr the 

vT.icri we aikcd this qic?tiou ourse.vt-s. — 

>!>e of n*, »'l|.> li;ivc been br.-u-lit Uj), as it w?.s c ill 

, in <.'.irir.'s clnir'^X 4''t?r wc h m\ >>een snriiikjtil iri 

lu.'i I,'/, "onrmneil" to tli»f f;iit!i at s>nne futiir" 

■Miwr '»iit(;U *U win duiK, an 1 w» caiU'i to ft full 

L'!^:i'i lin^ rf the ca^e, we cotiM not help but ask 

II : W'iiere u Clirist'i Churcli ? J ut we bad 

• "H t'lir *-kin^ tli'kj ci'ia-tion. Our n>a-0M 

ir.ted t'l lie in Cliiit < church nr in none 

i, fc '. >ati'iji to he louiul. Ano fo \tt 

a li tl« ; we sooii fiuod tbafc tlie 

,. ."„..v mint J ih^ iliar^'li, «a-! notii:>g 

. I insrenti ri'of m i.i. C it w« kOjiC on invo* 

I'v 11^ ;i 1 1 *t) ri I'ou id tiiat t ij sjc 'ud WHS of tlie 

:ii Tiaiure. A'ter we coiijidered tlicse f.niiiti and 

|ciuciiil>cr>'d »h:it our. L ir! rf.iys : '•}>fi in t:i coirf^t'i 

|iit> ill- i'\f ifr ;.u: l>y iii»," uud tl;? Fitlier is, wliere 

w iiittfd tt I).' ; t iL'ii of cour-e, we iiad lo a-k, 3V^.'iire 

iGiiriit? Ti-; arriwirf eiiirt; : wit!, in nis Cuc-oli. fur 

>)Ui iHd, ''i tax wiih ^'ou ftUa^d, «v«a uaio tiid eud 

of th'j worll." Then of cour.'ie the next qtiestion arosp, 
where is Christ's church ? Hero a good manj anawcr-j 
carao ; one eaid here, aud another there, but this did 
not satiify. Wo wanted to buihl ou tho lock, and so 
we read a little mnre, we found that tho Savior gavo 
Id^ di.-cii;ies certain rules, how to establish and to reg- 
ulatQ his church. ThcoO were something liko this : 
"Jo ye therefcre and teacli all nations, baptising them 
in the name of the Father, and of the Snn, and cf tha 
Iloly-Gl'.o^t, teaciiing them to observe all things what- 
sjever 1 have commanded yon."' Now of course wo 
had the iniormation how to find Christ's church, and 
td our great j )y ^'e found it at last. ]]ut wc had a 
great many diffijulticg to oveicoine. Some of our beit 
riicnd.% and members of our association declared that 
if we Would join snch a ehu.-cli we could not be friendd 
any lunger. Others told us we iiad been baptized, and 
tontirmed, and now if we do so, wo would commit a 
groat sin. Uut we reiaen;bered what i'efer said : — 
"We ougiit to obay G^d rather than man." 

And so wo went to work and with help from above 

we .-ioon found onr.-^elvcs with Ql"'=^'i 'VTaVa 'hv Z^v 
tc.nptations ami uu.KU.ties di^i'.uot cease here by any 
means. "'Our former companions an^ t-.-.^nd. stdl tried 
.j-,,_ ^,..vTo toai we acted wrong ; even tUe 
I reacher declared from the puijiit, that any man who 
.vould d > 80 wouhl have to answer for it at tho great 
day ! But we showed our friends that we were sin- 
cere, and now \rt must say, we have overcome all, and 
nave ui«ny frieiids aven aiuong those who threatened 
to be our enemies. IJat ihe greatest consolation i?, we 
shall have God for our fiiend at the gicat day, if wo 
hold out faithful. 

]5ut brethren and liitcr.? let us be in earnest. Tksro 
are .tl.ousands of people who would be willing to leava 
tiie doctrine of men and come over to the Lord's side, 
if they only cmld be convinced of their error. It i$ 
so. it is hard soraetiines to convinc* man alter he has 
lived ir. error Vo- a long time, but <till let ug do our 
part ; let ui b« lighta to them. 0, I often fear that wo 
are stuaQblin^ blocks to the world, and not what wo 
ought to be. 

'J'nerc are man}' of us who have done like Abraham 
of old, left I'ur lather's house, and all our friends le- 
liind, and now rr joke in t!io cau*e of our ilaster.- I 
ortea,h3vc ihou^lit, if we only could convince and psr- 
.•^uaiU our own relatives, how last would tha church of 
Oiirlat incrensc. But this seems to be irapos«ible, yet 
still we should do all we can, so that when the Lord 
cometh, hcmaytay; "Well done good and faichful 
i-ervants." Ihia fihould b» our aim through all our 
Ui'«< U. iUDY. 



Selected by C. P. L. Robeuts. 
Kesi>o»sibil3tie» ©1 the €bristian Bloine. 

From the potent inHuence and moral stewardship of 
the Christian home, we may infer the responsibility. — 
The former is the argument for the Utter. The ex- 
tent of the one 13 the me-asure of the ether. "To whom 
much is given of them much will bo required." Our 
responsibilities arc thus commensurate with our abili- 
ties. If the latter are properly devoted,, vre have our 
reward ; if not, our curse. God will hold us account- 
able for the achievements we make by the abilities he 
has given us. If he gives us a field to cultivate, seed 
to sow, plants to train up, then we are responsible for 
the harvest, just in proportion to our agency in iU 
production. If there is not a harvest of the right 
kind because we neglected to cultivate thb soil, to 
sow the proper seed, and to train up the plants, then 
he will hold us accountable, and "we shall not come 
out thence, till we have paid the uttermost farthing." 
This is an evident gospel principle. Who will doubt 
its application to the Christian home ? The family is 
such a field ; the seed of good or evil the parents can 
BOW therein ; their children are young and tender 
plants, entrusted to their care ; their mission hove. God 
is to "bring thcra up in his nurture," and to "train 
them in his ways." And where God gives the com- 
mand, he also gives the power to obey. 
.„ TC, then., by their neglect, these tender plants are 
i;i.„iute<., ^xuH up 111 uuf crooiit'u ways of follj and in- 
iquuj, and tUo Ur-.v of sin snread its dreadful in 
lection over all the posterity 01 nome ; ii, ao a cuus*;- 
quence of their unfaithfulness, the family becomes a 
moral desolation, and the anathemas of unnumbered 
souls in perdition, rise up in the day of judgment 
against them ; or if, on the other hand, of the fruit of 
their faithful stewardship, blessings and testimonials of 
gratitude are now pouring forth from the sainted, loved 
ones in glory, is it not plain that a responsibility rests 
upon the Christian home, commensurate with those 
abilities which God has given her, and with tlio^^? in- 
terests he has entiusted to her care ? 

Let us look at the objective foi'ce oi' niiD. xna lam- 
iiy is responsible for the kind of influence she exerts 
upon her members. Look at this in its practical iigbt. 
There is a family. God has given children to the par- 
ents How fondly they cling to them, and look up to 
thcra for support and direction. They inherit from 
their parents a predisposition to evil or to good ; they 
imitate thom as their example, in all things ; take their 
word as the law of life, and follow in their footsteps as 
the sure path to happiness. 

These parents are members of the church. '•' "^" "'•■ "••' 
Yst in this home no prayer is eiiered up, no Bible in- 
structions are given, no holy example is set, no Chris- 
tian government and discipline instituted, no religious 
interests promoted. But on the other hand, sin is 
overlooked, winked at, and the world alone sought. — 
These children behold their parents toil day after 
day to provide for their natural life ; they notice the 

interest they take in their health and education, and 
the self-denial with which they seek to procure, for 
them a temporal competency. And from all this the}' 
quickly and very justly infer that their parents Iqvo 
their bodies and value this world, and by the fovea of 
filial imitatkrti the3'soon learn to do^the same, and with 
their parents, neglect their souls, and kneel at the 
altars of I\Iammonrather than bow hi prayer betoro 
God. And thusthey go on fiom one step in departure 
froroGod, to another, until they die without hope and 
without salvation. 

Tell mo now, will not God hold these parents rc- 
i^ponsible for the ruin of their children ? Will not the 
"blgod of their destruction {;est upon theinV Will 
not the "voice of that blood" cry out from lueir fam- 
ily against them ? If, as a consequence of their neg- 
ligence and of the unholy influence they exerted upon 
them, they become desperadoes in crime and villainy , 
and at last drench their. hands in a brother's blood ; 
and expiate their crime upon the gibbet, and from 
there go down to the grave of infamy, and to the bell 
of the murderer, will not their blood cry unto them," 
and will not the woes and anitthemas of Almighty 
God come in upon them like a flood ? 

Home-responsibility may be inferred irom the rela; 
tion of the family to <'od as a stewardship. We have 
seen that parents are stewards of God in their house- 
hold, and that as such they are placed over their cbil 
dren; invested with delegated authorilA'. God entrusts 
thcra to the care of their parents. 

^..-.x- ..c....v^ ^- ry-'-'-^-Ci.f«.. -v.;p ;ainre.4fiion. ex 
posed to sm and ruin, entering upon a course of lac 
which must terminate in eternal happiness or misery, 
with bodies to develop, minds to educate, hearts to 
mould, volitions to direct, habits to form, energies t 
rule, pursuits tj follow, interests to secure, temptatiovi 
to resist, trials to endure, souls to save ! Oh, how tl 
parental heart must swell with emotions too big for u 
teranoe, v;hon they contemplate these features of thoi 
important tru.-;t. What a mission this, to superintend , 
the character and shape the destiny of such a being I 
Such u the plastic power you exert upon it, that upo 
your guidance will hinge its weal or its woe, ^i^-oui 
therefoi-e, v.ill be the lasting benefit or the^^stinj 

What you are now doing for 3'our children is incoi 
porated with their very being, and will bo as iroperisl 
able as their undying souls. ;v3 the stewards of God 
your provision for them will be "either a savor .^f lit 
unto life or a savor of death "unto death." I 

We have seen that God has given to you the abiiit' 
and means of making them subservient to his gh)-y 
and hence from you he will require th^m as entru.;te; 
talents. If jou have been unti ithful to them, joij 
punishment will be in proportion to the wretchcdael 
entailed upon your children. If, instead of the bre^ 
from heaven, you feed their souls with the hu^ks 
life, and lead them on by the opiates of bastard joyi 
if "when they ask of you bread, you give them astoi 



or for a 6sh, you give them a serpent," will it not be 
"more tolerable for SL.dom and (.Jomorrah in tho day 
of judgment than for you. 

Taus therafore, you see, Christian parents, how your 
responsibility is uicas'urcd by the magnitudes of those 
interests committed to your care, by the kind of intlu- 
ence you exert ovt-r them, and by the enormity of that 
guilt and woe which are consetiuont; upon your unfaith- 
fulness. Let t!ii> be an incemive to parental integrity. 
The day is rapidly approaching when you must give 
an account of your stewartship. Oh, what, if in thnt 
day you behold your children "ilt for eternal burning," 
and remember that that fitness is but tho impress of a 
parent's hand I 

Tiiough it is painful to lose a child here; bitter tears 
are shed; pungent agonies are felt ; there are heart- 
burnings kindled over the grave of buiiod love. Eut 
ob, how much more agonizing it is to bend over the 
dyin^ bed of an impenitent, ruined child. And espe- 
pecially, if, iu that terrible moment, he turns his eyes, 
wild with despair and ominous of curses, upon the pa- 
rents, and ascribes his ruin to their neglect ! Let me 
ask you. Would not this part of that sad drama add to 
your cup of bitterness, give a fearful emphasis to all 
your &igh>', and burning to your flooding tears? God 
would also speak to you, and say as he did to Cain, 
"the voice of thy" children's "blood crieth unto rpe !" 
•'And now thou art cursed from the earth which hath 
opened her mouth to receive thy" children's "blood 
from thy hand." 

But the scene would not close at the death-bed of 

bar of <iod. The maledictions of that ruined one 
would there- be poured out with increased fury upon 

' I'arents of my home on earth ! I aiu lost — lost for- 
ever ! Soon I shall go where ''the worm dieth not, 
and the fire is not quenched." Had you, in the home 
of icy childhood, but instructed me, and bocn as faith- 
ful to my soul as you were to my body, I might stand 
here with a palm of victory in my hand, a crown of 
jlory on my head, the joy of the redeemed in my 
heau, and Avith hosannas of praise upon my lip;?, rise 
up^fcird to the untold felicities of God's eternal throne ! 
Lut you did not! You fed my body, but you starved 
my soul, and left it to perish forever ! Cursed be the 
day in which you begat me, and tho paps that gave 
me sack 1 Cursed be tho years that I lived under 
your rjof — cursed bs you.' Oh, parents, such rebuke 
re ' •■ an undying worm in your souls ; and 

KCv into you from tho very depths of hell. 

Tills li U" nviT-v: icture. It is but the scrip- 

ture rrusr-t.-t us cf .lulc scene which shall be 

enacted "in the terrible and n:)t3ibl8 day of the Loid," 
when every christian home shall be called to give "an 
account of her stewardship," and be dealt with ''ac- 
C',i.".i.ig to the deeds done in the body.'" And let, me 
say tju, that a similar and corresponding responslbili- 
j rests upon those children who enjoy tho ben e&ts of 

a faithful Christain home. They must answer to Cod 
for every blessing there enjoyed. If Uicy turn a deaf 
car and a cold heart to all the entreaties of their pa- 
rents, and resist those saving influences which are 
brought to bear upon them, and as a consequence be- 
come outcasts from society and from heaven, then let 
me warn them that every prayer they heard at the 
family altar, lesson given, every admoniUon delivered, 
and every holy example set them, by their pious pa- 
rents, will be ingredients in that bitter cup which it will 
take eternity for them to exhaust ! Oh, children of 
the Christian home ! think of this, and remember the 
responsibility of enjoying the precious benefits of 
pious, faithful parents. They will be your weal or 
your woe — your lasting glory or your lasting shame ! 
And, ye parents, be faithful to those little ones that 
are growing up "like olive plants around your table," 
so that in the day of judgment, you can say with joy, 
in the full assurance of reward : "Here are we, Lord, 
and the children thou hast given us I" And your re- 
ward shall be, "Well done thou good and faitliful ser- 
vant ! Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord ! 
Concmaujh, Pa. 

The Night ol the .«$uul. 

Sorro^^v sobers us and makes the mind congenial. — 
And in sorrow we love and trust our friends more tend- 
erly and the dead become dearer to us. And just as 
the stai-s shine out in the night, so there are blessed 

faces that look at us in our grief, thoudi before Jtheir 
features wore rtiauig noui uuF i .v.o..v.v...-o.-. - ------ o 

Let Po man dread \t too much because it is better for 
Bam, ana it will Help to make him sure of being immor- 
tal. It is not in the bright happy day, but only in 
the solemn night, that other worlds are to be seen 
shinin"' in the long, long distances. And it is in sor- 
row — the night of the soul — that we see the farthest, 
and know ourselves natives of infinity and sons and 
daughters of the Most High. 

—^ K 9 < ai» . 

Ee Humble. 

If thou art a vessel of gold, and thy brother but of 
wood, be not high min -ed; it is God that makoth 
thee to diifer ; the more bounty God shows, the more 
humility he requires ; those mines are the richest which 
are deepest ; those stars that arc highest seem smallest; 
the goodliest buildings have the lowest foundation ; tlie 
the moie they should humble themselves ; the more 
fiuit, tho lower the branch on which it grows; pride 
is ever the companion of emptiness. Oh, how full was 
the apostle, yet how low was his language of him- 
self, least of all saints, last of all apostlss, chief of sin- 
nrrs ; no sufficiency to think, no ability to do ; all that 
he is, he is by divine grace. 

It is an awful thing to feel all that we possess con- 
ually waste away, and at the same time to set our 

*'" rt upon it, without inquiring after something more* 

uMd and duraole. 



for Vie Co>i>panio7i, 

Simplicity in dress. 


It is as far as possible from the purpose of re- 
ligion to deprive us of any tiling that is really 
needful for our bodily comfoit. Nowhere is 
such large, unrestrained liberty allowed as in 
the outworking of the life of Christ in the be- 
liever. The liberty of which the sinner boasts 
is a most cruel and ruinous bondage. To do 
what we know must be repented of, or for which 
we must suffer penal inflictions in hell, is a vas- 
salage so pitiful, a perversity so shocking, tliat 
nothing but the deadening,blinding power of sin 
can account for it. Once naked in person, as 
the symbol of purity and neccfsiry gravitation 
to God and holiness, man is to nothing more 
prone than extravagance and iolly in tlie cover- 
ing which God has designed as the concealment 
of our shame and the symbol oi" our fall. The 
loss of the robe of righteousness is followed by 
every device of decoration, that the genius of 
Beelzebub could invent. Man was set lorth as 
the crowning handiword of Jehovah in the sim- 
ple nudity of the Divine Ideal, and simplicity 
of apparel is a matter of the first importance in 

\ 1 -itV- r V" ^'*''^'-" iiiiMge Mas been re- 
stored. With tiic cux.Ui\^^, A° r". ;. 

matter of indulgence, but a matter of shame on 
the one side, and a matter of joy on the other — 
shame that we have fldlen into a condition that 
renders a covering necessary, and joy that a 
higher than our primeval glory is possible lor us 
in Christ Jesus. \\'hen dress, in any of its as- 
pects, gratifies a passion or desire which owes 
its origin to sin, we may know that we have de- 
parted from tlie simplicity that is in Christ. Un- 
der nothing is our depraved nature more restive 
than the restrictions imposed by Christ in rela- 
tion to dress. To send an unregencrate person 
among his associates with all the indications of 
apparel that ought to distinguish the follower of 
Jesus, IS to impose a yoke too galling for endu- 
rance. When we are separate from the world 
in principle and purpose, when by regeneration 
we are thorouglily brought into Christ's king- 
dom, and into the order of his life, having all 
our activities directed by the impulse of his be- 
ing, we will avoid "costly apparel," and apparel 
of any q^uaUty or texture wrought up in fashion- 


able style, as we woidd a cancer in the face, 
the stam of some foul crime on the character. — 
God graciously A'ouchsafes covering for the body, 
but as soon as welosesightofthe Divine purpose 
in its appointment, it becomes a snare, assimi- 
lates us with the world, fosters the very spirit it 
is the great object of the Gospel to crucify, cre- 
ates disturbance in the chinch, and renders our 
final salvation problematical, for we can never 
know unto what errors and scandals practical 
opposition to the Gospel will lead us. Every 
plea for departure from simplicity in dress by 
any member of the Church, is, in effect, a plea 
lor the establishment of a principle which would 
have kept Jesus in Heaven, and left us eternal- 
ly in our sins. No one can put upon his body 
an article of dress to gratify an innate love of 
display, or the love of approbation, or to meet 
the expectation or wislu'S of any who love the 
world, without doing violence to life of grace in 
the soul, and throwing an obstacle in the pro- 
gress of the King of Saints. "The law of the 
spirit of life in Christ Jesus" demands rigid sim- 
plicity in attire, because ol the universal and 
perpetual tendency of the heart to decorate the 
outside to the ne"-lect of the one thinw necdfid : 
and there is no more possibility of reaching 
Eleaven without subjugating and disabling this 

irr>-r\f\nY\nv +l-.r»v^ «r ^ .^KJiipo ^ir^{y if ivitlmilt. Mil lin. 

compromising excision of all that gratifies the 
lust of the eyes. The unhallowed indulgence 
in relation to dress that is allowed in the Church 
at the present day, is a sad indication of prevail- 
ing worldliness, and Ibrebodes a season of dark- 
ness and trial not very distant. A sifting must 
take place, and God may place us, as a body, in 
the seive before we look for it, and blessed is he 
"whose seed rcmaineth in him." 

Our dress is a matter of no 
in our Christian influence. Where 
laid the axe to the root of the tree, no't 
our will attached to the world by one fibre of 
pride, our liberty in Christ will be so "glorious,"j 
as to make simplicity in dress a voluntary, un-j 
constrained expression of the depth and power 
of the Divine life in the heart. The evolution 
of the new life in this particular direction, has 
great significance with the unconverted. Sin 
ncrs know very well, if they reflect at all, tha 
the vanities with which they decorate their bod- 
ies arc nothing but the efiiorescence of 6in ; an< 

little signifi 


3 has 




that wliere an opposite principle exists and op- 
crates in the h;.\vrt, the external indications of 
sin must vanish, as certainly as the leaves and 
flowers and fruit ol' a tree must wither when the 
root i'* destroved. The line between taste and 
lashion is so easily cros>ed, and the world is so 
ready to ascribe to the latter what wc would aver 
l};don:^s to the former, that it is not safe to leave 
too narrow a m.iriirin between us and them in 
the matter of external appearance. 

When we contemplate the liTnn'.liation of tlie 
Son of God, and enter fidly into tlie habit of 
His life, the one «:jreat object of the Divine Glory 
in the salvation of sinners will so absorb our 
rjatire bein^, that we will seek to make our per- 
sonal appearance a means to promote the Divine 
purpose no less than our wrestlings in the clos- 
et. Christ was "in the form of God," and 
■'thought it not robbery to be equal with (iad; 
but ??i.t ?' /7i/«-;e//*n/.vo Ri^PL'TATiO.v." Hero is 
the superlative difficulty of our de;^enerate na- 
ture. To make one's self of no reputation, is 
f he es^senc? of "'pure religion and undefiled be- 
bre GoJ." "Let this mind be in you, which 
vas also in Chriot Jesus." All our privileges, 
^^ r^ur mrrcies, even the most costly, yea, our 
, and higher still, salvation itself, is the fruit 
ir Redeemer's abasement. "Of no reputa- 
)" was the only condition of rescuing human- 
, .rona the woes of the f dl, even by Omnipo- 
e. How much the desire to be of somerep- 
,:ion has to do with the selection andarrange- 
it of our apparel, each person must decide for 
iimself; but I think .vc may safely conclude 
Kit if the mind of Christ has the sway of us as 
h^d of Him, there is no danger that we will 
e I'.iulted tor undue identity with the world in 
le matter of dress. Tlie nature that requires 
ich an example of humiliation and self-abnega- 
oa as Christ has given us from Bethlehem to 
alvary, must indeed be hard to wean from the 
re of self, and cannot fulfil its stuptmdous mis- 
. as the representative o\ Christ, uncil it 
■ kes it^'clf of /io reputation," and thu-^ gives 
pression to the mind of Jesus. Why should 
plain dress be a heavier cross thitn oneof more 
owy appearance? A round coat, a plain bon- 
t, a hemmed cap, how intolerable to many is 
° narrow-mindedness that would make such 
rialities indicationa of character. It makes 
one holy, and imuarts no character, to adopt 

the Brethren's costume; but the indwelling 
Spirit of Christ will not be without His essen- 
tial concomitant, simplicity in dress, any more 
than Christ's assum[)iion of our nature can take 
place without an unparalhded descent into hu- 
miliation and self-renunciation. The same per- 
sonal ends arc met by a plain as by a gaudy 
dress. The cross springs from our estimate of 
the views which others entertain of our singularity. 
If we make ourselves of no reputation, having it 
as our joy and glory to ])ossess and exhibit the 
mind of ('lirist, we will be blessed far bevond 
what is possible in a wavering, divided state of 
mind. There is no settled peace until Christ 
becomes all in all, and this he cannot be imtil 
reputation expires in ths death-gioans of Him 
who was equal with God, and descended to the 
lowest depths ol'abascment for us. Let us not 
be asliamed to follow Him, for great is our re- 
ward in Heaven. 

J'or t/ui Companion. 
"It in f ." 

Jesus calla oui attention to hinaself. He sajs, IJe of 
"00(1 checi . Afiliviwa i^vii-.-', «-'•'•■- 
ar.^.s van alt.weth.r stran-e ? Can jcu not call to 
iniafl miny a storm in wliicli it has dispelled your loars 
a;id soothed your sorrows? Does not tlie history of th© 
Church in all agos, testify to th«' wonderful deliveran- 
ces Christ has t'lfected fur his people ? Have not his 
followers always been tossed with tempests? yet has 
not the Lord delivcd us out of them all ? How great 
the cloud uf witnesses vfho testify to hU constant care 
and unchan::ing love ! How innumerable the multitude 
who have come out of great tribulition ; and now cloth- 
ed in white laiincnt, ascribe salvation to (iod and the 
ham'j I Yes, it is a voice which has never spoken ia 
vain. ' Be of good cheer, afflicted disciple ; thiiik what 
he has already done for jou II? groaned, bled and 
died for you and I. 

You were lo-it, buo he found you: an enemy, but ho 
reconcik-d you; ye?, it is 1 : be of good cheer. How 
often has he spoken to ns in tones of tenderness ; how 
have our "heart-* biirn(5<l within us" as he has "walked 
with us in the way I" What peace, what joy, have we 
experienced while he ha? h'.'ld convoree with our soula? 
Has he not turned our mourning intonaelody, our night 
into d ly, and our tempest into caiin iilr<;ady ? VV^e 
are told to ca^t; all our car« upon him, for he careth for 
us. Are we not f)erfflctly aafe then in such keeping, 
if we put our trust in hitn? Let as believe his prom- 
ises, and there will be a great calm. 


Belhllle, Pa. 

Wordii and deeda are th« Usuca of life. 



For the Companion. 

Nature's Rale. 

When we cast our imaginary mind to the woodland 
forest, we may, with naturai pleasure, behold the beau- 
tiful and compacted body of the oak, which is rearing 
aloft in the pleasant atmosphere a beautiful and stu- 
pendous top, that must be help in its proper place by 
the compacted body of the po^^erful tree, or be dashed, 
with violence, against the earth, by the powerful Avinds 
or impediments that may chance to result from the 
laws of nature. 

The beauti ful tree stands upon nature's soil, from 
which it has resulted, and it is upon that soil that all 
animate nature must depend for the support of vitality; 
and without a proper subsistence from this native earth 
all things would necessarily perish, and again return to 
the earthly material from whence they were taken. 

When a tree is formed by the just laws of nature, it 
is not completed in one moment or hour, but the tiire 
of its growth will find no time to cease its augamenta- 
tion, until nature has worked her end. Though it 
were once a small sprout, in the vernal season, that 
was attempting to rsar aloft a few buds, it is now a 
powerful tree, strong in power, and large in size. The 
little sprout that was once to weak to hold the weight 
of a sparrow, is now too strong to be cast down by the 
strongest elephant. The buds that were once few and 
weak, are now formed into a large and stupendous top, 
and may serve as a resting place for the fowls of tlie 

By the side of the large oak, uiaj vo seen one wuku 
is quite small, and growing with a wonderful rapidity, 
that it may be able to harmonize with the elder one ; 
its body is smooth, while the top is small and beauti- 
ful. The younger tree wishes to equal the elder, that 
it. may harmonize with nature. The old steady oak 
does not think to forsake its former mode of living, 
and adheres to the smooth bark and beautiful top of 
the younger, but continues in the philosophical laws of 
nature. Nature- must necessarily be the guide of all 
trees ; and in that the younger is subject unto the el- 
der. The Bible is the Christian's guide ; and, in pre- 
cise harmony with nature, teaches the same thing. 

Man was once a child, too weak to support himself; 
but he gradually grew in "strength of body and mind," 
until his body was strong and compact, and able to 
rear aloft, a useful and stupendous knowledge. He 
walks upon natuie's soil, and must necessarily depend 
upon its production for his vital support, that he may 
be able to lift his mind above ev2ry wind of doctrine 
that fails to harmonize with the word of God. He was 
not formed in a moment of time, but the time of his 
formation found no end until nature had finished her 
work. The body that was too weak to bear the weight 
of a dove, is now strong and powerful. The little mind, 

*Tbe reader -will please notice, that when I make use of the -word 
nature, in this or anv other article, it is (lone with the design of p'e- 
senting its signification, as -ivould have been appropriate wheu all 
tblngsVere formed by the hand of God. 

though once small and weak, possesses a wonderful 
magnitude, and may serve as a resting-place for the 
word of God. By the side of t le grave old man may 
be found a smooth-faced boy, with an educated mind, 
and wishes to teach the old man the way of ethereal, 
scholastic or scientific v/isdom, and lead him in his old 
days into the beautiful paths of charming lore, and 
thinks ill erf the old father if he refuses to adhere to 
his counsel ; thus he wishes to lead the elder, and in 
opposition to all nature, not being "subject unto the el» 
der of the Church." 

It is positively declared, in a hieroglyphic manner, 
upon the pages of divine nature, in precise harmony 
with the Bible, that "the younger shall be subject to 
the elder." These words are more immutable than 
the sublime rocks of Gibraltar; hence young friends ! 
read the laws of nature, for God has written them 
with his pure hand : read the Bible, God has written 
it ; the one is in precise harmony with the other, as 
the one God is their Aut'ior. 

J. n. MOORE. 

Urhayia, Ills. 

■iirT [I O ■' £3»^.^ 

/for the Companion. 
£.OTe the £,ord. 

•'I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice and my suppli- 
cation. Psalm 116 : 1. 

When I lay covered with guilt, and thejudgnnents of 
God pressed sore upon me, 1 cried in my grief, I trust- 
ed in God, my salvation , that he would hoar me, it' I 
would hear him. I heard his voice and he heard me, 
and gave ear unto my supplication; auQ. sliall not I 
bless his name forever ? I shall if God will grant me 
grace, which he hath promised, and his words are 
"yea and amen." ' Vrhen Satan riscth up against ma, 
endeavoring to be my over-throvr, I speak unto the 
Lord who hath heard my voice, and he heavoth me con* 
tiuually ; he saith "I will hearken unto them that cal 
upon my name." Oh that I could bless and ballot 
the great nam.c of the Lord with more reverence. Mj 
heart is too faint, mj tongue too corrupt to speak forth' 
his praise as I ought. I love the Lord because he 
heareth my supplications and he hath promised to not 
send me away empty, if I ask of him. 


Honey Grove, Pa 

P/REXTS must never put away their own j'outh.— [ 
They must never cease to be young. Their sympaj 
thies and sensibilities should alwa}o bequlck and fresh 
They must be susceptible. Thej' must love that whicli 
God made the child to love. Children need not onlj'i 
government, firm and mild, but sympathy, warm a 
tender. So long as parents are their best and m 
agreeable companions, children are comparatively sa 
even in the seciety of othere. 

'^ A- ■good conscience is the best looking glass of h« 
en ; in which the soul may see God's thoughts and 
poses concerning it, reflected as so many shining staff 



liOTe tlir> Brethren. 

Ta hxTc OUT brethren ira com- 
maad tVom the blessed Savior ; ixiid 
r think it is too often overlooked by 
the brethren and sisters. I believe 
wa should sho\v our lore to one an- 
other in proniinonco to the world, 
or the people ot tho world, as we 
arc to be a separate people from the 
world. Let uy sho\Y by our walk, 
talk and conversation, tiiat we are 
the children of \.>od. 


Mfo'tiutton, Kan. 


Grant that the word as ful- 
V the dntica of the office 

••Bishop" VM. PuKior. 

It has gror.n quite lashionible of 
lata with many correspeudenta of 
th« ISDEX, auii wc suppose of other 
religions journals, to give to miiiis- 
lera who have char;4e of churches 
tho title of "Bishop." We <lo not 
exactlv like the roanner of speech. 
We much prefer the word "?a3tor," 
v/hick so fuliy" expresses the lela- 
ti ■ ior designed his 

nv> xiu to the body 

ot his toliowers. ile i-^ to be the 
h*^nl' >rd, the feeder, of His Cock, 
' T ■b-ly eating for each and admin- 
isterinj^ to theiusuch nourishment as 
their condition reouires. With tlie 
very word tlie' 
aiiud'i eye » s 

its moat attrncuv^j niid itvuo 
form. There is spread out beilr: 
as the rich flowery meadows, where 
•<tray the flocks to crop tho bounte- 
ous repast providu-d l>v Nature . — 

the still 

• do not admit — it liaa 
B'j uiuoU bad icompany, that it 
lias acquired, to puv mind, a bad 
character. It savors of tj:ranny. — 
It has an air of lofty pretousion in 
its very sound. In it the idea of 
nilniitrp — of scrvioe — is lost in that 
of directorship or mastery. As a 
Baptist, as a lover of religio'^? lib- 
erty in it? purest and simplest form, 
we regard the word with aversion. 

We can conceive of but one rea- 
son why any one should choose to 
substitute thi.s word for Pastor. It 
roav, connected as it lias been for 
centuries with tho most pretentious 
of church establiaaments, have a 
more aristocratic sound. Bat this 
we deem a very good reason why 
we should avoid- its use. IF we 
adopt the word BishojJ because of 
its lofty sound, why may we not for 
j the same reason have out fonts, our 
I vestures, our church wardens, and 
all the absurd mummery of extreme 
ritualism. Let us avoid all such 
; imitations of unsoriptural- practices, 
I and adhere with a spirit of wise con- 
, servatism alike to the simplicity of 
tho lathers and to the purity' of 
' eir faith.— Christian fndcr 

Dcfiiigtlous ol Bible teruis. 

A day's journey was thirty-three 
and one fifth miles. 

A Sabbath day's journey was 
about an English mile. 

Ezckicl's reed was eleven feet, 

A cQbit was twenty-two inches, 

A hand's breadth is equal to three 
and five eighth inches. 

A iingcr's brca 1th is equal to one 
inch. ^^ 

A }5hek6l'of oll.ui ivas about fif- 
ty cents. 

A Shekel of gold was $8.09. 
, A talent of silver was S5-38.32. 

A talent of gold was $13. 809. 

A piece of silver, or a penny, 
was thirteen cents. 

A farthing was three cents. 

A gera'i or mite was one cent. 

A homer contains seventy-five gal- 
lons and five pints. 

A bin was one gallon and two 

A firkin was seven pints. 

An omer was six pints. 

.\ cab was three pints. 

Goldcu Grnius. 


Ic is not enough to aim, you must 

!. r:.'T ;'■• 

Keep u filst. 

Ivcc|. a, list of your///t;;...v 
let Goi> be'first injthe list, how ever 
long it inay be. j 

Keep a list of the gi/ts you get ; 
and let '•.'URiST. who is the unsneaka- 


•■pbcfd's watchful 


The ^unrdial counts only the bright 
j hourS. 

I Avarice starves its keeper, to sur- 
,lt l.feit tliose who wish him dead. 

It is much less difficult to hide a 
thousand pounds than a hole in one's 

He that wdiild Qot have more than 
he can do to-mori-ow imist do all bo 
<ian to day. ; ' 

The viper deserves no blame for 


- arms is cvor r;'. r ■ 

!'» .".nd restrain the 

u:<t t I .le office 

■ 'a 1 -i-'aed mv 

upon ■■ 
to lif: 

VI iue Luridi: 

sheep," is th:; burden of his parting 

•• ' '■■ — • • — ''■cm ; se? 

'est au" 

r." clin • 
it brings up, 
.as of oppre3ii')n 
.! mm — of bloody wars a'ld 

<:\v',[ pciSocution^, of tlie persistent 
eJVorts of a mitred hierarchy to fet- 
ter the minds and consciences of 

ivu-jp i !isc or yoiiYjoja; and lot 
the joy unspeakable and full of ,'rlory 
be the first. i 

its sting although it be moral, 
cause it is the 'Ait of Nature. 

Temperance and Christianity have 
ivecp a list of y^>»»r hopes : and let { a wonderful power in adorning peo- 
ple or improving their appearance. 
It gives thein "a raeck and quiet 
, irit ;" and this the Bible calls a. 
•••ornament which is iu the si'dit <>'' 
God of great price." Tempcranc ■ 
and religion make the "ejo loo', 
brighter, the coraolaxion ' clearer, 
the smile sweeter, the voice setter,, 

the hope of glory lie the foremost 

'' "p a list of yi)ur sorrows ; ' ' 

sorrow for sin be' fir-yt. 

') a list of your cac.nics, a^.d 

>.-n the "old man" and the 

'•eerpcjit" first, and pray fjr all the 

Keep a list of your «'«» ; and let 
the sin of uabclief be set down as 
the first and worst of all. 


aud evt'.ry thi.i^ about our person 

would be. 

tiian it otuerftiso' 




For the Companion. 
Jii'fucmlier tlic poor. 

It is said, and trathfally too, that "the earth 
is the Lord's and the fulness thereof." Tliis 
being the case, all sliould enjoy the bounties 
with which it is stored. We are not even our 
own, for we "are bought with a price," When 
mankind were miserably poor, and liopelessly 
lost, when no ray of ligiit fell upon his ])atiiwny. 
God remembered them, and gave a gift. But 
the theme is old ; still lot us revert to it, and 
linger near for a short time. A messenger tu- 
tored from the celestial world brought tlie glad 
tidings of great joy to the nightly shepherds. — 
The glory of the Lord streaming from the open- 
ing sky, shed over the neighboring hills and val- 
leys its Divine effulgence till they glowed like 
the ever-green shore of the home of the pure. — 
What a fit time for the gift ! Darkness was 
covering the land, and moral darkness, like tlie 
pall of death had sprea<l its wings over tlie earth. 
Man was sleeping the natural sleep, and tlie 
long sleep of death, dead in trespasses, and in 
sin. Can wc conceive of anything more pover- 
ty-stricken, especially when v/e consider yet 
that from this state he not able to 

Let us keep this before our minds, and stamp- 
ed upon our hearts as we proceed to tlie sequel. 

We have many brethren increased in goods 
so much so that they are what the world terms 
rich ; and we may add, "faring sumptuously ev- 
ery day." We have also many lacking where- 
with to feed and clothe themselves. Viewinc: 
this from the stand point that "the earth is tlu^ 
Lord's and the fulness thereof," I think it is 
grievously wrong that there should be such a 
contrast. "Let them go and work, and save as 
I have done," we hear not unfrequcnlly. Not 
thinking that they are highly lavorcd of the 
Lord perhaps for the sole purpose of distnbuting 
to those who have not the means even to "go 
and work." The Lord has committed to every 
one talents, to some more, to some less. No 
one, I think, will object to npply those talents, 
to our opportunities of doing good. So the more 
^hat is committed to oiu- charge, the more tal- 
ents we have, and -^ill have to give an account 
accordingly. Tlie circumstance the Savior 
brought to our notice of the talents, they all im- 
proved, but the servant that icccivcd cnly one. 

Methinks a change has taken place, the ones 
that have the five and ten — probably thousands 
are the ones that are doing the hiding, lioard- 
uj), storing up to enrich an heir — !n>!cul of de- 
positing iu the baidc of the Lord ; for 'he that 
giveth to the poor lendeth to the Lord." 

James in telling us what pure and undcfiled 
religion i.>j, among other things says: "to visit 
tiic fatherless and widows in their afflictions." 
And that pure religion will lead us to eiiquire 
into their circumstances, (I think this should be 
the intention of the visit.) and if bread is need- 
ed it will l)e supplied as abimdantly as our pray- 
ers are offered ; and bread will do more in such 
cases to send our prayers to the throne of the 
Most High, than oiu- loud sounding words. "If 
a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of 
daily food, and one of you say unto them. De- 
part in ])eace, be ye warmed and filled ; notwith- 
standing ye give not those things which are 
needful to the body ; what doth it profit l Jas 2: 
lo. 16. 

From the above quotations wc have our duty 
in this respect ; and learn also that it should not 
be confined alone to tlie Church, for there are 
widows and fatherless out.sidc of the Church. — 
AVc read in the Prophet that the fast acceptable 
with God was "to deal thy bread to the hungry, 
and that thou bring the [)oor, that are cast out, 
to thy house. AVhen thou seest the naked, 
that thou cover him." We may now learn a 
lesson to this point by turning back to the good 
gift. It was given without respect to persons — 
to all grade.s and colors. He was unc'er noobli- 
•ration. It Avas a free gift. So should our's be. 
They should be given where we are under no 
obligations to giv(% or where we will not get an 
equivalent some day either in labor or other- 
wise. Some will say 'it is their own fiult that 
they are so poor, and 1 cannot see that there 
will be any charity in giving." Poor deluded 
creature ! Whose fiult was it that man was so 
miserably ])oor, when God enriched them by 
his gift ! The echo falls, viands oicn fault. So 
you would condemn God in his act of sovereign 

While a hard winter is holding all nature in 
his embrace, consider well the poor. During 
the milder season tlicy could fare without suffer- 
ing; but new their "M:f plies are cut cfi," their 



resources fail, and the suffering of many a poor 
heart Gotl only kiicr\\>-. 

"Wi)'-!! w.'^iUh Into vlii'i«T» }\vM\t nre glvei)) 
II l>|.->-«.s like llitf >K wt of Men-i'n ; 
L'Wii n.-:>v>5!i it h'^ri« th,- o-pti.iirs iT\ef. 
Aik' 'iivs IbJ UA<-i { o 11 wi.Io v'4vy>B." 

I think I mar saloly venture the assertion 
th:U the unnecessary atl'orning ot tables as well 
as bodies would lurnish ample means to supply 
thcdcstiture. ]Iow many things are eaten hc- 
cau^c they are delicious to the taste which add 
nothing to the comfort, or the support of the 
body, and arc mo-tly costly. Consider the 
wines, and the liquors, drank in ma ly a honsc- 
hoMtomxkc merry; and many other things 
that a common sense thought would dispense 
with. F-ishion his also imposed a heavy tax 
on its suUji'ct. ^I.iny a leose, flowing ribbon — 
costlv too — Is af!i\eil to play with the sports of 
the wini.l. '•C>>tly nandkercliiefs shaking out 
their perfumed odors." Trails sweeping the 
du>t, and bolic\s txx'jkled by piviners to improve 
G.->J's handiwork. Thcs:, with many others 
summed up, bring befjre us an impressive scene 
— a sad state of things. Still the wiirld will 
folhv.v its pu'uicious ways. The trappings of 
fisliiau to them lias power to cliarm. JVit what 
i> still worse, an I more sad, is that Cnristians — 
B:jthreu — ire disponed to cling to inconsisten- 
cies, beciu^e t!ic world does. And throug'i this 
th?. 'zoj I c I HJ is ofceu lelc to b.*g from door to 


Mj Al<w}j3 E)i't, Pa. 

I/Par.'iTii; ti» ^wiiti. 

^'•r thi CofiipaitioH. 

, '•Lmch oat irit.» t:i'? iiet!|) an 1 cbar watiT," ?:iil 

I a f^tliar to l»i< s)a wli » a lie w,i.-j trvin^ to le im to 

■' vi.n. '"I il i^i't wintt) ij) 30 f;ir mic tlut I im'i'i 

. ic'i botlo-n," ain.»erel ►— r si"i. '"It n hard t- 

. • vru to swill in t'nt w ly ; s > c >inj al in^ on"; jfuo Ji* 

! ;;p w'.nre I m, aa I [ trill h;ir v) i aj o i my ar n. 

) YOU sliill n >t sitik,' ciitr,;.ite I iii» t'.tth.M\ Tin- 

• y l)eli-jvin^ liin fatli-r was a'de anl wiilia^ to shi-I.l 

a from all •! iii.»3P, 'li 1 Ixuni'i oat h A II y alon »• sil^; 

J f,i'.'»?p. 3m, titaj sii-p.-i<9 ail Jjli^'ii; of tiu- 

1, he liil liiiriii'I t» ;^li'l! -il >a^ wa.'i cue t'ir«a ''i 

. ; d.-ep waters. '-N iw," i*xi 1 he, -I .Im't care .•t!)..'iu 

1 ichin.^ ')ot')ii, r.r it U ma;li et-ier to keep ail>ar in 

;op w-ati.' •, an I I am ;iU'l I oheyc I you ; t)ac what 

Ica-ion li I'l yoa to la ; com j iiuo water ?" 

Iraic I m iv se; every wron^ mjtijn yoa imk 

prrect," sail th • f.i'Jur. 

I M.iay pirooji a/j ia sjaij rojpisty,,^ tJajliia^ 



eternal interest, like thj boy spoken of above. Thcjr 
have a desire to learn to swim in tke stream of salva- 
lioa — II0I7 'va tcrs that Eat-kitl taw. "For the vra- 
tcrd were risen, waccrs to swim in, a River that cahld 
a )t ((ithor«i>o) he pa^jscil over." Chapter 47: 5. — 
For want of eoara;^d miuy wil' mt even venture in, 
ot'icri are trying to learn t) pwim ia the shallow, 
ninJv waters wliere they can "touch bittoai."' Ia 
oiher word-, ke.'p close to the ways of the world — 
s. ilin^ tlifir feet in th-J miry logs of sin, and cau-ing 
their s[ irits to be contina'illy beclouded by ob?yin^ 
the liictates of the cariuil mhid. Consctjaeiuly iie«'er 
leara to swim ri;;ht. Yoang Cliristian, (aod the old 
also.) have iirn faith in Liol ; believe tic Father when 
he says. Come out from the world ; ventur* into the 
deep and crystal waters of Divine love — fathomless 
oci'an — *v here he is ever rcidy " to give l.i^angeU 
charge over tiieo ia all thy ways. They shall 
bear thee ap ia their hands lost thou dash thy foot 
against a stone.'' Psalm 91. 

Once out into the deep you will be surprised and dr- 
liglitetl to find how ea-sy it ii to keep all )at and glide 
il )n;i, safely sarmoanring evoiy WAve, and pi?s oa 
thrnugh tlie surging billows and dashing breakers safe 
tj tlr:; l.aven of etjrral rest. 

Sink or swim, is the destiny of us all. The careless 
Tn I he idlest, — micst sink; and oh! what a sinkin.5! 
D)wn, down, into the bott.Mnless abyss of eterail ruini 
Nc';irei, aiil neirer lire they approaching tiie i^reac 
whirlpool of deitruction. w lose drawiagi can almost be 
felt, and soon, yea, very soon, will the xvicktd be swal- 
!o.vil up ia the migtity vortex of de>pair ! 

O, tlien let as '•launch out into the deep" and learn 
tD '•stem tbii St irm," restiai »a the strong arm of a 
lovin ' Savi ir pIi ) il ever roilvt> cli»p «< ia il* 
:irnis and whimper in oar cars, "lie nota'rail." Who 
will not at once leave tie s'lall ow, mndy vratcrs, and 
no mare lee tne tect "touca botio.n !" ^Vlio will jiot 
•evere the list shred <>f satan's net that holds the s^al 
t) tie earth, and bil ly ventnro oat into the dec-p river, 
md wile ojean, and in ev^ry le-iprct bcvomj cjnalitiod 
Hid fi'.ti-'d for a voyage to chat glorious lin I of bliis in 
\ondcr sp'.ierea abov*; ? 

Fui/ittrviUe W. I'«. 

■ — »- 9-^ m — . 

AjriVtrv in j irt dy tning* is not ia;;oasistept with 
true piety.— Rij,lit in la-'try, right en'.orpri?e, ani 
ri.;ht aia jiii )'n m t:i MO, d > a )!; st4 I I ia tir w ly of 
reli::i)o. Taey are not only perfectly harmonious 
with it, but th-*y are in li<pensib!e tj it. I ca i scarce- 
ly convinc3 myself of a hay inan'd beln^ a Christian. 

'If Gari-tians mast contend," s.iys Jerviny T.ivlor, 
"let it be like the olive and thj vioo, which siiall hear 
most arid bent fruit; not like the a<pea and the elm, 
vvhica shall nnke the most nose i» the world." 

Tu SJ who live ap)n Go I, ia mo of tlie creature, 
can alij live upon him ia tho iosi of tiid crcatura. 




Christian Family Companion. 

Tyrone City, Pa., March 3, 1869. 

Our brethren have been dis- 
cussing this subject pretty freely 
during the last six months or 
more, and we wish the discus- 
sion might be brought to a close ; 
more especially so now, as we 
wish to review several articles 
upon the subject, which lately 
appeared in some of our ex- 

"We desire a fair investisra- 
tion, and a free interchange of 
opinion, upon all religious top- 
ics, and ever have, and we trust 
ever will maintain the freedom 
of our press to these for whose 
benefit it has been established. 
But as the liberties of the press 
must be protested so must prof- 
ligacy be avoided. Error is as 
readily disseminated as truth, 
and is more prolific. 

There is one point in which 
we think many of our dispu- 
tants fail. That is, they stop to 
contend about points that do 
not reach the question at issue. 
This prolongs the discussion to 
a length not required by the 
subject under consideration. If 
v/e, who want nothing but the 
v/ord of God, can find occasion 
for so many disputations upon 
the manyier of performing the 
ordinance of Jesus, is it to be 
wondered at when others will 
attempt to reason away the 
command entirely ? We do 
think that the better way to 
come to a unity of opinion upon 
a matter is by reasoning togeth- 
er, but we fear that in many 
cases that desirable end is en- 
tirely lost sight of, and gain is 
taken for godliness. 

One very prolific source of 
words is repetition. The same 

ideas are repeated by 
ferent contributors. 

the dif- 
If onlv 

original ideas would be advanc- 
ed, and those clothed in brevity 
of expression, we should not tire 
of the discussion. We want all i 
the light upon the subject that j 
can be gathered from a legiti- 
mate source. Y/e have our 
preference of the two methods 
of performing the ordinance of 
Feetwashing practiced among 
the Brethren, and we desire to 
grant the same liberty to others, 
because we xecomnze no essen- 
tial difference between the two. 
For the purpose of order and 
system it is good that we sliould 
have a uniform custom and rule 
of practising this command of 
Jesus, and we shall ever hold 
oursell free to fall in with those 
who practice the v:liole trufli. — 
We have subscribed to nothing 
but God's Word, and are bound 
by no other ties than those of 
Christian fellowship in the 
Church of God, I have wash- 
ed my brethren's feet, and they 
have washed mine. I hope we 
will still continue to v/ash one 
another's feet, and that in do- 
ing so we may not fail to real- 
ize the true intent of the com- 
mand. If a brother washes and 
wipes my feet, be it so: I have 
been v/ashed. If one brother 
washes my feet and another 
brother vv'ipes them, so be it, 
I have been washed. If I wash 
and wipe my brother's feet, I do 
well, I have washed feet. If I 
wash and -my brother wipes, we 
do well, for we have washed 
feet : If I wash: my brother's 
feet and Avipe them with a tow- 
el, and yet ''defile the flesh, de- 
spise dominion, and speak evil 
of dignities," and of those things 
which 1 know not, I have wash- 
ed feet, but / am not dean. — 

We want such a practice, such 
an order, such an observance of 
the command of Jesus, as vA\S. 
malce us clean, as will make lis 
JiumhJe. The Lord designed it 
for our good, and any practice 
that comes short of that end, is 
not the rigJit icat/. This is as 
true touching the ordinance 
as it is of all other religious 
exercises. The rehgion that 
consists in ordinances and cer- 
emonies without renewinjj the 
mind, converting the soul, 
and controlling the eniire 
man, is not the religion of Je- 
sus Christ, any more than a 
profession of Godliness without 
obedience to the Avord is an ev- 
idence of the love of God. 

We do not wish to cut off 
the discussion. If our dear 
brethren have a v.'ord ofinstruc- 
tion to impart, we will find 
room for it. But in order that 
we may have some space to de- 
vote to the benefit of those who 
have no light in them, we hope 
they will be brief, and cull their 
essays of ail unnecessary words. 

ZSrotiies- Christian Ii. Hoisiager. 

While in the cove, Saturday 
afternoon, 20th ult, in company 
with brethren J. W. Brumbaugh 
an J. L. Wineland we visited 
this dear brother, who is very 
seriously afflicted, as we think, 
with consumption. Here is a 
family that we recommend to 
the prayers of the saints. Eight 
children, the elder not over 
sixteen, and the father — to say 
the least — almost without hope. 
We have every reason to be- 
lieve that brother Christian has 
set his "house in order," and he 
can say with Paul : "I have 
kept the faith," and he need on- 
ly patiently wait until the I^ordj 
Avill call him home to receive! 
his crown. 



Meeting: at Clover Creek. ^\iq reasons that brot this conclu- 

On Saturday *21st ult., wc i gion upon us; as, "orbs, walk- 
raet with the Brethren in. pub- , ing-cncyclopedia, iota, rehimed, 
lie worship, at Brumbaugh's heavcii-piercing-top, lave," Sec, 

meeting-house, where formerly 
was our nighcst regular place of 
worship, rhcre was a good at- 
tendance and a good feeling, 
and we trust a Aivorable impres- 
sion for the cause of Christ. — 
After preaching there precious 
souls took upon themselves the 
cross of Jesus, and were bap- 
tized. They were all sisters to 
our young friend whose remains 
we had laid it the grave the 
day previous. This we thinlc is 
the true way of showing our 
respect to departed friends, by 
folio wing their good admonitions. 
Although sorrow bore heavily 
upon them, yet we know that 
in a measure they could go on 
their way rejoicing. We know 
•'that hewho began a good work 
within them will also complete 
it, until the day of Jesus Chri«-t ;" 
and it* is our prayer that the 
Father will draw many more to 
love his dear Son. 

Biz Words. 

but more particularly by his 
own practice in the very things 
he is writing against. We may 
again refer to the matter. 


H. Ellabergcr, Canibrklgc, lud. Tlic mon- 
ey is received. Thank you. 

J. R. Hclsinger, Mt. Morris, 111. Yo^^ #10 
came to hand but was not acknowledged. 

Michael nerman, Brooklyn, Iowa. You 
are right, we think. You have now paid to 
No. 44, present Vol. 

M. Forney, Parkersburg, Ills. We enter 
the names on book, and charge to your ac- 

David Bowman, Ilagerstown, Ind. The 
order came to hand, but it was only through 
the Post Master that I learned who it was 
froiu. It was not the right way of doing busi- 
ness, and your P. M. should post himself a 
little bettpr npou the Money Order business. 

Barbara Shively, White Springs, Pa. Your 
paper has been regularly sent to MifBinburg, 
where the back Nos. can be had, if you pay 
postace at your place and present the receipt 
at Mitniuburg P. O. 

Wm. Hertzlor, Elizabcthtown, Pa. It can- 
not be our fault, as his paper is regularly 
sent with D. M. Snaveley's to Middletown. 
See that his postage is paid, and tliat he de- 
i mands his paper at the office. If Snaveley's 
■ Our readers will have noticed l V^V^r comes to hand Moyers cannot fail, as 

that brother Ward has replied hj'^ °r'°' '""ir' "^T- " ^""''' °" 

'■ '■ Moycr's paper. This is a plain case. 

I Young, CarroUton, Ohio. The paper 
goes all right. What numbers are lost ? 

Ephraira Brumbaugh, New Baltimore, O. 
John Blauser's name is on our book, at New 
Baltimore, and is credited with Si. 50; and we 
know no better than that it is all right. Will 
you please request the P. M. to preserve the 

to our remarks upon big words, 
and that therefore it A^ould be 
our turn. We had thoughts ot 
several nice points that we 
might clear up to brother Ward, 
while reading his manuscript, 

and had noted them, but when p*p«'"« carefully unrii the end of the first 

i iU 1 r 1 • quarter, when, if not called for he will return 

we came to the close of his ar- Lm tons with biii of postage. 

tide, where he relieves himself ,j ^ ^^^^^^ 3^^^^ ^.,^^^^ t,,,,„, Dij 

of his Latin-, and dien took a you send the money iu xour former letter?— 

calm thought over the Jjeneral ^^ nioney has come to hand that we know 

tenor of hfs replv, we were fore- °^- ."^^ '*!" '^"<^'°S the paper and you can 

- ^ , \ • ] . , , remit $1.50 

cd to the conclusion that broth- „ ^ r- .r /- • , 

^-^ ... Hannah Knaulf, Covington, Ohio. You 

er \V ard was only writing be- win find the money credited '.o you in No. 

cause he had been contradicted, so, Vol. 4. We acknowledge the receipt cf 

The simple words that he pla- """""^ '° ^^'^ """^'''■ 

CeS in his lesson of hard words /oseph Longeneeker, Uuiontown, Md.- 

P t y^ . ,, Yoa are right ; "Lniou, Iowa" should have 

from the Lompoaion was one 01 been '•Uniontown." 

Death of Miss Canierer. 

As noticed iii our last issue, death 
hns been among us and taken a^ay 
from our midst, one •whom we lov- 
ed. Wc could give a long chapter 
of the pains and Borrows that the 
king of terrors has brought upon 
the Companiun family, but we shrink 
from repeating them, and will only 
discharge the duties of paying our 
weak tribute of respect to one whom 
we shall ever remember with kind- 
est regards. 

Sallie K. Camerer was born Sep- 
tember. 28th, 184.3. Her father's 
name was Samuel Camerer, and her 
mother's name was Catharine Klep- 
ser. Her parents resided near 
Martinsburg, this county, where we 
made the acquaintance of the fami. 
ly, and where her father died some 
eight years ago. Her parents were 
both membera of the Church of the 
brethren. Being dependent upon 
iicr own labor for support, and 
thinking she would prefci a calling 
which would afford her opportuni- 
ties for improving the mind, she ap- 
plied for a situation, and was most 
cheerfully accepted, having had a 
desire to offer her employment. She 
came to our home on the 11th of i 
November, 1866, since which time 
she has been enf^a^'ed in assistincr 
to prepare this paper for its readers, I 
and has been one of our most indus-' 
trious assistants. A little over a^ 
year ago she met with a &eriou,s ac- 
cident, by getting her hand ir.t > 
our old power press, by which siio 
lost two fingers from the left han.l : 
but after it was healed it did no 
seem to hinder her in type '-0; 

She was not a member of tli 
Church but wos indeed one of it 
friends. So circumspect wag he 
walk bofore the woild that many r 



garded her as a member of our 
euurch. Not pimply a cliarch mem- 
ber for that wonld not reqnira any 
peculiarity. She however felt the 
necessity of something niore than 
morality, and hence had on several 
occasions almost become a Christian. 
In her first illness she avowed 
profession to leal a life devoted to 
the service of God. When there 
was occasion for^ that she 
might not again recover, she deplor. 
ed her condition in the mofet painful 
manner, and desired to be baptized ; 
but for reasons which we nill not 
mention she did not attain her de- 
sires. But from what we know of 
her life, and a conversation upon re. 
ligion when on her death bed, we 
cherish a good hope that the Lord 
has taken her f-onX to rest. 

She calmly breathed her last at a 
little after half past three on the af- 
ternoon of 18lh ultimo, without 
moving a limb. Ilcr age was 25 
rear?, 4 months, and 21 days. 

Ilcr remains were conveyed to 
the house of brother (Jeorge ; uder- 
bauo^h, her brother-inlaw, nearjMar. 
tinsburg, on Friday evening, and 
from thence to tlie Bethel, on Sat- 
urday at 11, A. M. where her fune- 
ral sermon was preached by brother 
Jolin W. Brumbaugh, from the 
words : "Wi have no abiding city 
here," &c., and was followed by re- 
marks by other of the brethren. — 
'Thence to the grave-yard soutli of 
town, where we buried her by the 
side ot her uncle John, who lies by 
the side of her father. Peace be to 

her ashes. 

To her many relatives, friends, 
and associate?, wo say, 0, improve 
tvith us, thi solemn warning offered 
U all in this Fad bereavement. M:»y 
ihc Lord enable us all so to live 
'hat when deiith come9 we may be 
irenared to ?ay, 
'•Ilin'lpr me not— cone, welcome death— 
I'U cladly £0 witli the*. 


t'orretpvnili-nce of chitnh nevs suliiititl J'rom 
all partf of the Brvtherho<*il. Writer^ f name 
arui dddrcfK required vfi every corntnuniention, 
OK tpuxrahtee of ijond ftnlh. Jiejected eommittii- 
cations or mahfitierijit n-ned, not returned. AH 
comnivricatirmit for puhiicntion xhov.hi be wril 
Uft upon one fide of the ^^fieet vuly 



Northern di-triit of Indiai:.^, ^^arch 25th; 
lu Uiiioa Centre ton;f relation, 7 miles touih- 
wist oi Gnshrn. 

Mipt-oiirl aiul K.insas district, April 16:h, 
ne;)r PlaUfbunr. Mo. 

M c^lle(!i^tri<l of Pa.. April 30; Ii. in J^mes' 
Creek (o:i;:r. ;ration, UnntliiL'don Co., Pa. 

Western Dii^irict of Pa., April 20:1), in Elli- 
lick branch, Sotuersct Co., Pa. 

Distrift fflocfius; <>f Eant E*euii- 

Tiie E:\st Pa. District Council 
will be held witli the Tolbcnhacken 
church, in the Heidelberg meeting- 
house, LebaniMi Co., 2 miles pontb 
of Myerstown Station, on A.-^cf'iision 
day, (Gth ofMav). The delegate 
brethren shall meet at said meetinir 


house, at 4 o'clock, P. M., on the 
5th, to mske anangements for next 

JJrcthren from the East will go to 
Beading, and take the Lebanon Val 
ley cars to .Myerstown station, from 
whence they will be conveyed to 
place of meeting. Those coming 
s!iould arrive at tlie station in the 
forenooB of the oth. 


Rothsvillc, i\i., Ftb. 22nd. 

Dii^trict .^ItM'Jiiig ol West Vir- 

The DiMiict Meeting for West 
Virginia vsill commence om Friday, 
A))ril oOth, at Shiloli, Barbour Lo. 

Brethren wishing to stop with u< 
in their way to or from the Yearly 
Meeting, should write to us. 


Kason, W. Va. 


Brother JI'At-iiti/ir : — We had a 
little protracted meeting in the 
Newton branch, .^liaini Co., Ohio, 
commencing on the Oth of tliis 
month, ond closing, I believe on the 
10th. Brother Quinter, from Cov- 
ington, labored for us with }iowor. 
One of the citizens of the village 
"i)t inti) great distress soon after the 
meeting closed ai;d would b« bap- 
tized. And when in readiness to j^o 

to the water, his old father — over 
TO }ears olil — caine too. It cau5ed 
much rejoicing, lor we had about 
given up the old man. l^Jine mem- 
I ers of his family have joined the 
church before him, and the tenth 
iiad made ajiplicatinn. 


Dear brother Henry : — I feel like 
having a few lines in the Compan- 
ion. When 1 take the {\imjKinion 
in my hand to read, I look to see 
if any of tiie dear .>-ii«ters have any 
jiieccs in it. Oh how I love to read 
those ^ood jjie^es It does me so 

ipuch uood to hear from 


fe- - — - my 

brethren and si-ters in the Lord. — 
])eai sisters, you that are accpiain- 
ted with roe, both far and near, I 
would say, let us live faithful and 
pray for each other while we are in 
this world of sin and sorrow, that 
when we come to die we may meet 
in heaven where parting is known 
no more. I became acrpiainted 
with a greatmany kind andloving sis- 
ters wliile I was traveling through 
the Far "West. I do not e.xpcet to 
pee all of them again in this, world 
I would say to all, 1 .>-}>end a gipat 
many loiu-ly hours with my little 
children when my compaidon is 
awav preaching, lie started away 
kfC Moi'dty: lie is to be away 24 
d.iys. Wiien the lai?t hour cjme 
that we would have to part, oh how 
did my poi.r heart feel ! 1 felt as 
if it weie hard to part when I saw 
him giving hi-; little children good- 
b\e, and ^a>* their tear^ streainins* 
do«n their cheeks. What is all 
this for ? It is to try to save poor 
.-iiniers. Oh ye>, I feel willing to 
do my part to liave poor siniu^rs 
saved. Oh what a thought that one 
P'Tor soul ehould hear the voice, 
"Dejart}fe ctrftd into cvcrlatlirg 
fire, prepared lor the devil and his 
an-eU." Dear brethren and sisters 
let us do all we can to savt^ i-iimers. 
Sccncrt/ llill. Pa. 

Lear Brother ; I ie A to sympa- 
thise with you in your afilictions, 
hoping the good Lord may sanctify 
tli'Mii to V'Ur good and the gord of 
others. "It is good for mo that I 



wajafflicteJ," savs the R -yal Isalm- 
ist. (se** I'salra t-xix,) "vetnoaniif- 
tion," ?:iy3 an Apostle, "ior itic j 
present i-^ ))lea>anr, but uriovous 
but alterwar.l it hringctli the peace- | 
able fruits of riM,teou*ii»-s.s" »n<\ 
tliose fruits wi'.l »ie plea<:iut. ami t'le 
more si>. from th.- firt, a-» l>iui.\rtu, 
lias it, if tlir bitter com*- bef.tri- tbc 
8*-e*t, it will only make the sweet 

'On- troii'ili'S aT<(l O'lr trial* h'-rc, 
Will o ily in ike us riclior jlic^o, 
Wiicn Wf arrive at Ij-uiie."' 

Ani WO poiH'ifiioe.s sing in ths 
lan^ua^^e of another l'.>et : 

•'Vo cUiiliiis win. I'', no- poi-onous breath, 

Can rejcii ihil li alll.rul ."lio e. 
Sickness, anil wjno"*-, piin an I deatli, 

Are t'ear'J, uuJ IVll no more." 

The (>ta^c of my heaUli is sucli, 
that I have fonu'l it needful for me 
to k?ep in iliors for the list scvfial 
month-", hence, 1 have not tsse'.n 
bleii with my dear brethren aa I 
hive wont to do for the last 40 
veara or upwartis ; yet I am glad 
to know that our intercourse as 
bretiiren (^in the ministry) has here- 
tofore been ?ucli, tiiat they can (a.« 
I think,") get alon^ alm»-t without 
me ; b\it tliey fre<iupntly fall to 
consult with me. On ia-.t Sundaj- 1 
vras peruiitted to meet > it i them 
once m ire for public worsliip ; and 
iin-'j I ni?c wit'i tlietn oiue, iu or- 
der to pay the last tribute of re 
ppecl to an ago I friend, [ have suf- 
fered some Ironi the txpussre. — 
The brethren Itave Ci^ii-ented to 
bold meetings iii tliis ]ilace for a 
f eason ; some of our meiU'iors can 
not <.et out to our regular places of 
Worship on accou'.t ot the distance. 
»nd the state of 'he Roads, at this 
season of tiie year: our mec'.in' 
Houses being 3, and 4, and G milea 

The brethren of the E.i t;rn Dis 
trlct of Maryland coi t.-mplHlr meet- 
ing in DUtric-t nifftinj mi the firnt 
Tuoidaif (ijttr J-Jaxter, with nnr 
dear bivihreu iu Middle town Val 
ley congre^ati >n. 

Ue contemplate meeting in C.iuii- 
cil at Pipe L'rei-k, (prt piiratory to 
the Di.tricl meeting) on Salurdav 
the G:h <liy i)\ .>l.irch; wlicii we al 
8 J intend ti iniko arrati 'cuiMils f.r 
our l^pring (Joiomuuion, to be held 

atthe place where the Y. M. of 18G7 to the crie.s of the needy, Otliera 
was htld. S >rno of our bretiiren ' who are yet outside of the kingdom 

are speaking; a'.out going to this ' mili'-int, liave "^ - .-..--. 

year's Annual Meeting. Tliey con I friend*, over rei 

template going by i>riviite convey 
anc, anil sto] i)ing with the b;e'.h- 
ren bv th" way ; seveial coutcm 
j late going ill the t^ame manner. 

been our constant 

idv to assist, and 

stood by U-! in every trouble, butli 

in friukiiess and in b?alth. May 

lleaxen's rich ble;^^ing< be tli*?it8. 

jiaie-*....- ... iMv. ^ V ,, Now d.-ar hrcthreii and sisters, 

:ind stopping t« jneach wh.-re tlie ' leMis all be ever upon our guard, 
bretiire.i have tuver proacbed. I | for we are tdil l>y the words of in- 
would say to all ofmv dear breth; en > spiratiou tluu the 'M<lvcrsary <f our 
in the ministrv, whenever yju can ! souls is going about as a roaring li- 
do so, in g. itig to or from the pi .ee j on seeking wlnun he may devour;" 
of Y.'M.,'"trv°r.i d do likewise. Wo ! and aa your faith and zeal are spo- 
have an exauiple in the history of ken of where ever you ^ro known, 
our Sjvior, when he went np to see that you abound in these c-hri^- 
Jeru.-.aleni for the la^t li ne, he went ! tian graces niMe and more. And 
bv via, of Jericlic. which was as especially would I say to my young 
some sav, rouinl about, but, by go- brethren and sisters, let no one de- 
in'thitwav, blind Bartimeus, /((i<? Ppise thy youth— but be thou exam- 
Ills ,i/L\^ oi't'iinl, '-atid followed Je- pies of the btrlievcrs, and by your 
sus in the wav." And 1 entertain chaste walk and godly lives show to 
no doubt in case the Itreihnn would ' all your worldly associates that 
consent, like the Master, to go there i? reality in the Religion of 
around about way, that they might 1 Jesus. Let not your seats be va- 
become iiis^ in opening tlie cant in the house of the Lord, but 
eves of at least i=onie also. Brethren ever be at your post, and in this 
think of it. You>-« as ever. way you will bold up the hands your 

; IIILIP BOYLE. fjeuker; you will thus be as bone 

Kew Windsor, JJd. land f^inew unto him : yea, you will 

.^^ mightdy strengthen his nerve, and 

To the cliurcli In I'jijfUe <'o. IV. ' give power to the word that is spo- 
^•*- ken. Let not the Lord's work stop 

Dcir brethren an! sisters ; ^^y for want of any thing that you can 
mind oiton roverts to the time and do. And to iry aged brethren and 
place whtn and where we last enjoy- sisters, I would vay : the time is 
ed e;ich oihei's association, and soon coming when you shall bo 
sweet fellowship one with another: gathered unto the fathers, and your 
and although we paned with griel boary hairs s-liall no more be seen 
aiid sailness, yet every remembrance among us, to guide our youthful 
of you brings joy and jiladness to ft. ct i.. to the old paths, therefore in 
my .soul. \\ e jiarted but for a while j'sful remembrance of your wliole- 
an<l that too, with the bright hope som counsel to mo, I say to you, 
that we would all one (Uy meet again farewell for awhile. ;\.nd to my fel- 
in the fond embrace (dhim who died low laSorer, I would say, oft do I 
for u-!. And while we are separa- remember you. and the many toil- 
ted tlnH, Ift tiie watch word evr be, some marclics wlicli we took in coin- 
oinv trd and upicur J, a\\\.i\:i rcmi^iQ- jiany ovpr mountain and dale that 
beiiu;; Lot's wife. we mi 'lit be instrumental in savin'^ 

I am well aware of the fact that J soul truiii death. May God grunt 
I f nrae think that we are aimuig a us ^iraco stiil ti persevere. i ray 
i wild and unciviliz-d peo|ile ; but i.ot for me your weak brother. 
S", we are in a rtne and productive A. HUlVllISON. 

Country, and in the mid.-t of a kind Centre View, jJo. 
and h lsJ)ifa^de people, and especial- 
ly do we rejoice to fiml ourselves 
surrounded by a group of kind 
brethren and sifters whose hearts 

Irother John B.irnliarf, Urbana, 
lih., under ilate of Fob. l!)Ji., 
wiites: "We are well pleased with 

.; arc ever opcu and ready to rc-^ioud the Cuni^anion, but wo do think 



there has been enough said on the 
subject of feetwashing. We think 
it would be more edifying if the 
brethren would write more on the 
great principles of the Christian Re- 
ligion — Holiness, love, humility, 
self-denial, and many other bright 
examples of our Lord and Savior, — 
and warn against pride, and cove 
tousness, and the many other evils 
that are surrounding the Church and 
destroying the very best principles 
of our'h&iy religion. We know the 
word tells us that "without holiness 
no man shall see the Lord." Let 
us strive, then, to make the Compan- 
ion an effectual auxiliary for the sal- 
vation of the Childien of men." 

Oiac more L<cttcv about tlic 
■' "Wolf." 

Brother I lohinger : — Please state 
once more through the (7o?«jo«nw«, 
so.iaething about the "imposter," 
which I believe the brethren have 
rightly so called. The history which 
the brethren have given is correct. 
When here with us she gave her 
name as Anna "Johler, formerly 
ilarshy. Said she resided near 
Chambersburg, Pa. ; gave her age 
at 63 ; is tall ; has black eyes and 
<Traj hair ; has a long nose which 
she called 'a mark of benevolence ;' 
is cunning and intelligent; talks 
fast, and reads both English and 
German. She also told my wife that 
she belonged to "no church ;" but 
to me she was & Menonite. 

We love to do all the good we 
can to strangers, — this belongs to 
Christians ; but we found we had 
entertained a thief. This is written 
that the Brethren may not be im- 
T>osed upon. 


Cerro Gordo, 111., Feb. VJtli. 


Who will give us an interpreta- 
tion of the following >[7ords ? "And 
he cast down the prices of silver in 
the temple, and departed, and went 
and hanged himself." Matt. 27 : 5. 
"Now this man purchased a field 
with the reward oi in!(|Uity ; and 
falling headlong, he burst assundcr 
in the midst, and all his bowels 
gushed out." Acts, 1 : 18. "That 

he might go to his own place." Acts, 
1: 25. An explanation is desired. 

1. Where did Judas put the mon- 
ey ? 

2. On the death of Judas. 

3. That ho might go to his own 
place. What place has the Apostle 
reference to ? 


Will some brother give an expla- 
nation of the 23rd verse of the 20th 
chapter of the Gospel by John. — 
"Whosesoever sins ye remit, they 
are remitted unto them ; and whose- 
soever sins ye retain, they are re- 


From SSrotlEer Hejset. 

The second anniversary of my so- 
journ in Georgia seems to me a suit- 
able time to speak through "the 
Companion'''' to beloved ones who 
feel interested i.. .the spread of the 
Gospel thro' the southern country. 
A review of the past two 
brings to mind little else than tria's 
and disappointments ; and a look in- 
to the future, gives promise of ex- 
cessive toil ior head, heart, and 
hands, and the same checkered 
pathway while here. 

But I try willingly to press on- 
ward if God's will be so. Seeing 
with an eye of faith the assembled 
Throng, and hopefully listen to hear 
the Savior say, "In as much as you 
did it to the least of these, ye did it 
unto me," I do not regret the un- 
dertaking. Though in doing so I 
was forced to sever many pleasant 
connections. And deprive myself 
of many blessed occasions of re- 
joicing among Brethren and friends. 

Some have said my services were 
needed at home, but I have not con- 
sidered the subject in that light, 
knowing that the place of one poor, 
weak, little one, is easily supplied 
where there are so many better as 
examples, and more capable as 

I have not changed my views with 
regard to the duty of Ghristians, to 
occupy so vast a "field of l?.bor as is 
open in the Southern States. Vfe 
may diifer as to whether it were the 
besl plan to work in slowly along 

I the borders, or strike out into the 
midst of the field. To me it looks 
like this : — Throw a pebble into the 
e'3ge of the Lake and you see the 
waves circling outward only ; but 
throw it far out, and all around the 
eleinent is hi naotion. Consequent- 
I have dropped far out with plenty 
room all around. There is room 
for all, and still the cry would come, 
"The harvest is great but laborers 

So we may diifor as to the plan 
of workiiSij ; and, in fact, one plan 
Avill not suit all classes or localities. 
In coming here, I tried to study the 
the most effective way to accom- 
plish good ; and a sojourn of two 
years has strengthened me in' the 
belief that ignorance is the one 
great bar to the prosperous spread 
of true Christianity, especiill}' 
among the colored people. They 
really rant to be Christians ; but so 
much as has been wrongly done, 
must first be undone, that I some- 
times feel discouraged. 

Where associations have been 
formed, and have gone into the 
work, with men and means, gratify- 
ing results have followed. But^ lit- 
tle can bo done by a single individ- 
ual, without money or friends in a 
strange land, who comes to preach 
sentiments unknown, and unsuited 
to the taste of the people. 

Were it man alone who was to do 
the work, — one, even with the ener 
gy and ability of the great apostle, 
mio;ht well shrink from the task 
Jonah-like. But when we hear Je- 
hovah's promise to sustain weak 
ones, we feel willing still to work 
and wait. With his support, and 
through the aid rendered by those 
interested in th'e work, wo have 
been able to do what has been done. 
AVith grateful hearts wo accepted 
what was freely offered and tried 
to use it as was intended, feeling 
very anxious to make the mission 
(if allowed so to call it) a self-sus- 
taining one. I believed that here 
the most good could be accomplish- 
ed by teaching School ; But when 
compelled to relinguish it, tilling 
the soil seemed to be the only oc- 
cupation for a stranger. An unfa- 
vorable season for crops, coupled 



with other causes, interfered with 
our plans, and made rae fear that a 
like failure the cominj: season would 
f jrco mc to abandon the mission. — 
I had been selected by the citizens 
ofthi^ county to fill a clerkship, 
thous^h undecided for a long time 
whether to accept or not. Seeing 
the position would br'ng rae in con- 
tact with mosc persons in the coun- 
tv, and might open the way for fu- 
ture usefulness,! accepted the posi- 
tion so generously offered to mo, 
more from that view than from any 
pecuniary reward that- it would 
bring, hoping that the good Lord 
will hereafter direct as we trust he 
has in the past directed our foot- 
steps in the path of duty. Our 
school is at preacot under the con- 
trol and instruction of the Ameri- 
can Missionary Association. 

AVe have a flourishing Sabbath 
School, averaging about 150 in at- 
tendance. It is under the direction 
of two school teachers, my wife and 
and self, assisted by about twenty 
young colored men and women as 
teachers. As we dismiss the child- 
ren we form the teachers and others 
to the number of about 40 into fcJur 
separate Bible classes, and so do 
what we can to make the people fa- 
miliar with the Scriptures. 

llaviu'j' been overburthcned dur- 


ing the past few months, I have not 
found time to answer aU the com- 
munications that have been address 
i^d to me, concerning inducements 
for brethren to_settle here. Near- 
ly ill come too late to be of service, 
this year as all contracts are enter- 
ed, and moving done at Christmas 
instead of April as at home ; but I 
intend still to answer those inquiries, 
and will cheerfully give all the in- 
formation I can, as I feel anxious to 
bav9 brethren come here, and be- 
lieve many could better their condi- 
tion iu a temporal point of view, 
and do more for the Master. 

As ever in bonds of affection, 
E. MF.Y6ER. 

Madison, Ga. Feb. 20th, 186U. 

Brother Michael Forney of Par- 

kerslmrg, Ills., says: "We have our 
meetings every Sunday, and some- 
times two in one day. We had five 

additions by baptism last summer- — 
I trust my labor is not altogether 
in vain." 

We trust, dear broth';r, your 
labor is not in vain, for the com- 
mand is "Ca.>t thy bread upon the 
waters." This we should all en 
deavor to do, and '-■patiently wait'" 
for the raanifestatloa of the Lord's 
part of the work, for one may plant 
and another may water, but God 
must give the increase. — iE. 

Brother James i\I. llutclilson of 

j of Lindsidc, W. Va. under date of 

I Feb. 12th, writes: "I have been a 

j reader 'of the Companion for twelve 

months. It has been a welcome 

j visitor to our house. I think 

; that all lovers of truth should be 

readers of the Companion as well 

as of the Bible. It appears to rae 

, to be a fortiScation against 

t the influence of ti.i'Vivils of the ad- 

I vcrsary of souls. It brings to us 

! the welcome news that sinners are 

j being born of God, yes, receive 

that white stone, and in that stone 

a new name written that no man 

knoweth save he that receiveth it." 

A I.iond TVaruins. 

.Sometime in November, 1868, a 

j woman who lived in <^'o., Ohio, 

! died uuuei- peculiar circumstances. 
i Last Summer the family to which she 
! belonged, built a farmhouse. This 
! house is the largest in the county, 
I having thirty rooms, with an almost 
; endless amount of fancy work; and 
I it has been preached by some who 
; know, that her whole heart seemed 
; to be fixed on her house and the fur- 
I nishing of it. 

A few days before they were go- 
] ing to move into the house, she be- 
gan washing ; a»d not getting thro' 
with the work by daylight, she kept 
I on after night, iler husband tried 
to dissuade her, but could not. Ho 
then helped her. About 1 o'clock 
at night she wa< so ill that they 
; thought she could not live until day, 
; but she lingered about a week with 
I the strongest desire to got well, i^'he 
I had sucii a gra.^p upon the v.orld 
t she could not let it go until death 
I took the power. 

Although wealthy, it is said the 
needy stood a poor chance at her 
door, even for employment. what 
a warning to those who set their af- 
fections on tiio things of this world I 
As the preacher said, she was lik'^ 
the rich man who said: "My soul 
take thinn ease : thou hast much 
goods laid up for many days." But 
what was the answer? 

X.-uME Withheld. 


JVt admit no poetry under any circumstan- 
ce* in connection with obituary notices. We 
wish to use all alike, and tss could not insert 
versct with all. 

In Canipaisn Citv, Ills., Feb. 1.5th, Bister 
ELIZABETH RUBU RT, a-cd about 50 years. 
Disease. Dropsy. Funeral services by the 
writer, from 1 Cor. 15 : 33. 


In the Snake Spring Valley branch, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa., Feb. 15lh, CATH.ARINE, 
duui^htcr of brotiier Gtorgc and Elizabeth 
HOOVER, a (red 9 months and 13 days.— 
Fuuenil services by Elde.- .Jaeoh Steel, from 
let Peter, 1: 3i. 

. . MOOFvE. 

J" 1ST OF MONEY'S received for subscrii"- 
Ij tion, books, &c., since our last. 

I Knlp, Graters Ford, Pa. 1..'jU 

J. A. Miller, Bridfrewatcr, Va. I. .50 

J. Bowman, Harrisonburjj, V'a. 1..50 

H. E. Light, Vv'hitc Oak, Pa. L.-JO 

H. Newcomer, Beaver Creek, Md. 1.53 

G. Winand, York Sul. Springs, Pa. .oO 

D. W. Wengert, Franklin Grove, III. 4.50 

John Garsuch, Mt. V^ernou, Ohio, 1.50 

Jolm Glick, Fall City, Nebraska, 1.50 

M. Herman, Brooklyn,, Iowa. 1.50 

Peter Wise, Berlin, Ohio, 1.50 

B. F. Connell, Brooklyn, Iowa, 1.5u 

Hutchison, Centre V'iew, Mo. 1..50 

Y. Heckler, Richland Pa. 1.50 

OvcrhoUzer, Polo, Mo. 3.O0 

Berkeybilc, Delta, Ohio, 3.00 

R. Holsiuger, Mt. Morris, 111. 2.00 

D. Bowman, Hagerstowu, Ind. 1.50 

J. Friday, Davenport, Iowa, I.50 

D. ShiefTer, Lancaster, Pa. 1.50 

M. Ucardortf, Y. S. Springs, Pa. 1..5(.i 

J. Horn, Chambersburg, Pa. .'J", 

J. Seacrist, Ilempficld, Pa. 3.0j 

G. BrinJlc, Sliircmanstown, Pa. l.oo 

J. Y. Keeuv, U. M. House, .\ld. 1..-) 1 

P .Boyle, N. Windsor, Md. l.oo 

W. H. Lichty, Waterloo, Iowa, 10.00 

A. Ebersole, Sharon, Ills. .^j 

J .Bgrkey, Goshen, Ind. 1.50 

D. Anvil, Kason, W. Va. 1.50 

M. Gehr, Clear Spring, Md. 1.50 

L. S. Snyder, .Missouri Valley, Iowa 8.35 

A. H. Cassel, Harleysvillc, Pa. 1 50 

Wm. Sadl*r, Nankin, Ohio, 3.50 

A. J. Myers, Ashland, Oliio, a.Oi 

J. J. Hoover, Barryville, Ohio, 3.G > 

G. D. Petereou, (Juincy, Iowa, 1.5') 

J. %V. Beer, Rural Val'le.v, Pa. VJ.m 

J. D. Mast, Bremen. Ind. 11.10 

Jacob P. Mooinaw, Fienioul, Neb. l.5'i 

Caih Sliafer, Lappuns X Roads, Md. I.5i 

J. Barnhart, N. Hampton, Chio, .75 

Seth Zug, Shallerstown, Pa. 1.5o 




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Ihs Valley, one of the most beautiful and 
ln'Mllhy valleys in the State, and afloids the 
advaut-tiris of secuiini;; a sound, sub.^tantial 
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MARTIN MOiiLER, Prinepl., 
5-5-10 ins. Ki snACoijuu-LAff, Pa. 

To (lie Atnecteil. 
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\ » ed with the dreaded disease of caxcisk, 
the advanta<res of one of the most reliable 
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Volume V. TYRONE, PA. TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1869. 

Number 10. 

tor the Companion. 

Fervent prayer is as necesfttrv for the development 

)f the spiritual mind of the Christian as that of air, 

ight and food for the natural bo<^yi" It is an indispon- 

ible auxiliary, tending to the promotion of spiritual life 

md activity ; castinjr out fear, removin«r doubts, and 

hereby producing firm and relying faith in God's word. 

n connection with other graces, it has such an influence 

)vcr the whole man as to model the body, soul, and 

,pirit unto holiness, "without which no man shall see 

he Lord." By it the soul is drawn into such a clo3» 

rommunion and intimacy with its divine Originator as 

:o cause us to "walk with God." Without prayer it is 

loxc to impossible to stem the storms of life, surrounded 

Id wc are by the continued upheavings of opposing ele- 

neuts, where on every side is heard the continued com- 

[uini;ling of horrid sounds and fascinating jin;;ling3, 

emanating from an innumerable host that worship the 

• bcaai." and follow in the wake of him who "goeth 

About as a roaring lion." Prayer is the plaintive voice 

■ ■' moves upon the troubled waters and brings about 

at calm. 'Tis tljo shield or rod that wards off the 

;iing3 that flash from the durk and doleful elcmoats 

. .- world, — the heaven-ordained means whereby the 

.rmg thunders of sin's doings are silenced. The 

11 that clasps to the heart the vine of God's grace 

reaciies heavenward, and through which we draw 

. iued supplies of vital essence from the very throne 

Eternal Father. The goldea chain that linlcs the 

1 principle of man with Deity. The key that 

.10 store-house of heaven and causes God in 

..»*de of his mercy to shower " holy manna all 

And by it kindred spirits are cemented to- 

r in one eternal bond of union and love. 

rvent aud humble prayer is the "oil of gladness" 

preserves the soul from rust, the body and spirit 

: 1 a"i uiir'.j ii.nea-i. The sentinel at the door, ever ill time of danger. The valiant soldier 

s at bagr the legion of devils that seek to rob 

ier the heart. The spring of life from which 

the waters that quench the thirst of the fevered 

The food that gives strength and vigor to "run 

ace." The bridle that curbs the tongue and so 

• ris it that our "conversation be in heaven." The 

I. c lever that removes "every weight and the sin 

'. doth so easily besot us." The money with 

-.we ''buy" supplies for our lamps that they may 

ccpt burning. And prayer is the precious '-I'hiloso. 

- 3 stone, that tarns everythiarr ^e touch into pure 

en treasures secure in the saint's store house in 

'cn, where no "thieves break through and steal"— 

fixes them as glittering gems in our "laid up" crown 
of glory. In truth 'tis the magnet that draws our af- 
fections and our hopes heavenward. It is the great 
renovating principle that influences and draws around 
us a pure and holy atmosphere, in which the soul to 
move, freo from the soot and smoke that "gooth up" 
from the chambers of darkness. 

That prayer, to the heavon-bound pilgrim, is of sig- 
nal importance, none can deny. It is one of the most 
prominent features that characterize the scheme of re 
demption. To say nothing of what was done by pray- 
er under the old dispensation we have sufficiency of 
evidence in the new to convince any and all of its es- 
sentiality. The k^avior, though "without sin" how fer- 
vent were his prayers and how often did he pour out 
his so\d in this way, in what an emphatic manner did 
he command his disciples relative to this duty. "Watch 
and pray" was the watch word then, most assuredly it 
should be the same now ; "seeing we also are encom- 
passed about with so great a cloud of witnesses." Oh 
how isany, it is to be feared, are seeking to enter in 
at the "straight gate" and "shall not be ablel" llow 
often do resolutions arise in the mind and promises 
arc made to "walk worthy of the vocation whererith 
ye are called," and as often fail by reason of indwelling 
sin. Is there not a cause; the sequel if made mani- 
fest doubtless would be a neglect of prayer or want of 
firm reliance in the promises. Some by way of palia- 
tion or exercise say "I cant pray," thus virtually say- 
ing, cant he a christian ! when the invitation is to 
come "whosoever will let him take the water of life 
freely." What I cant ask God for what you need ? 
rather di? than bog of Uim who has said "ask and yo 
shall receive?" "Long ere the child can lisp its parents 
name it makes its wants known, and does the loving 
parent withhold its daily wants; or turn a deaf ear to 
its needy requests, because it cannot ask in plain and 
fluent terms 'i Verily no. Mucli less will our heavenly 
parent stay his hand, when it is declared "all things 
whatsoever ye ask in prayer, believing, ye shall re- 
ceive" Matt. 21 : 22. Though our petitions be in bro- 
ken accents, or "groanings," He knows the heart 
and its desires. Often, in secret prayer, seek an in- 
terview- with the Lord, and the weakest "babe iu 
Christ" will be surprised at the rapid development of 
grace and power to overcome," be amazed at the 
at the prompt answers to petitions asked aright. 

Not long since an aged man with whitened look.s 
and trembling step a profc;;scd follower of the Lord 
from his youth, remarked to mo, he was not gratified 
to pray in his family or in public ! I told him ho 
knevT not what ho could do, depending upon the Lord 



until he made the attempt not long after, he said I ' 
have made the trial and succeeded ! Now he prays 
in public, and regrets that he so long gave way to the 
flesh. Knowing the dangers that beset us on every 
side, can any one consistently neglect this important 
requirement of high heaven ? May v.-e all pray '-al- 
ways," that is have at all tiaies a praying disposition, 
ever ready to give God thanks for all things. Cod 
forbid that any one having named the »amc of Jesus 
in true faith should ever have only the "form of godli- 
ness but denying the power thereof,'' which we may 
to some extent do by neglecting to often to lift up our 
hearts in T)rayer and thanksgiving. 

Fayetteville W. Va. 

J: or the f^oinpcniv.i. 

KiugdoKu ol Heaven. 

We frequently read in the Evangelists of the king 
dom of heaven, a phrase in which the dispensaiion of 
the Messiah was revealed by the prophets in the Old 
Testament, particularly by Daniel, who mentions it as 
a kingdom which the God of heaven would set up and 
•which should never be destroyed. Dan. 2 : 44. The 
same prophet also spe.;ks of it as a kingdom lo be giv- 
en with glovy and dominion ovei" al! people nations aod 
languages to one like unto the Son of man. Dan. 7 : 
13 — 14. See also Micah 4 ; 6 — 7. The Jews accus- 
tomed to their way of speaking expected the kingdom 
of the Messiah to resemble that of a temporal kin^^, 
exercising power on his enemies, restoring the Hebrew 
monarchy and the throne of David to all its splendor, 
subduing the nations and rewarding his friends and 
faithful servants in proportion to their fidelity and ser- 
vices. Hence the es'-ly contests among the Apostles 
about precedency in his kingdom, and hence the sons 
of Zebedee desired the two chief places in it. .S ccord- 
ing 10 the prophecy of Daniel this king om was to 
take place during the existence of the Roman empire, 
the least of the four great monarchies that had suc- 
ceeded each other. And as it was set up by the God 
of heaven, it is it the New Testament termed the 
kingdom of heaven. It was typified by the Jewish 
theocracy & declared to be at hand by John the Bap- 
tist, and'by Christ and his Apostles also in the days of 
his flesh ; but it did not come with power till Jesus 
rose from the dead, and sat down on the right hand of 
the Majesty on high. Acts 2 ; 32 — 37. Then was he 
most solemnly inaugu-aced and proclaimed king of the 
universe and especially of the New Testament church, 
amidst adoring myriads of attendant angels, a^Kl the 
Spir".;,^ of just men made periect. Then were fulfilled 
the words of Jehovah by David : "I have set my King 
upon my holy hill of Zion." Ps. 2 : 6. This is that 
Spiiitual, evangelical, and eternal einpiie to which he 
himself refeired when interrogated befo)e Pontius I'i- 
late ; and in re^e.ence to which he said: '-My king- 
dom is not of this world." His empire indeed extends 
to every creature, for all authority is committed into 

his hand-j both in heaven and on earth, and he is head 

over all things to the church. But his kingdom prima- 
) ily imports the Gospel church, which is the subject of 
his laws, the seat of his government, and the object of 
his care. And being surrounded by powerful opposers 
he is represented as ruling in the 'midst of his ene- 

This kingdom is not of a worldly origin or nature, 
nor has it this world for its end or object. It can 
neither be promoted nor defended by worldly power, 
influence or carnal weapons, but by bearing witness 
unto the truth, or by the preaching of the gospel, with 
the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven. Its estab- 
lishment among men h progressive, but it is destined 
at last to fill the whole earth. Dan. 2: 35. Rev. 11 : 
15. The real subjects are onlv those who are of the 
truth, and hear Christ's voice, for none can enter i^ 
but such as are "born from above." John 3 : 3 — 5. — 
lis privileges and immunities are not of this world, but 
such as a"e spirituyl and heavenly. They are all 
spi.itual blessings in heavenly things in Christ Jesus. 
Ovev ibis glorious kingdom death has no power. It 
extends as well to the future as to the present world, 
and though entered hcic by renewing grace, it is in- 
herited in Its perfection in the world of glory. Hypo- 
crites and false brethren may indeed insinuate them- 
selves into it here, but they will have no possible place 
in it hereafter, for at the coming of Christ the foolish 
virg'ns wiF. be separated from the wise, (Matth. 25) 
for neglecting to take oil in their vessels with their 
lamps. They will not be ready to enter in with hita 
to the marriage. 


Hudson, Iowa. 

tor the Companion. 
M. Nehev's Ctuei'y. 

The "Urim and the Thummim," spoken of in Exo 
dus 28 : 30, according to my knowledge, means noth- 
ing else than "Light " and "Perfection." These words 
we believe were engraved in very beautiful letters ci 
the breast-plate of judgment. And these two 'wordjj 
Aaron was to wear in the breast-plate of judgment 
for the command was : "That they shall be upoi 
Aaron's heart when he goeth in before the Lord: ani 
Aai'on shall bear the judgment of the children of Isn 
el unon his heart before the Lord, continua'ly. Ex. 28 
SO.' ■ ; 

I will here also give an excract fro-.n "Smith's Di(! 
tionary of the Bible," page 971 : "Urim means 'Lighj 
and TiiUMMiM means "perfection." We are told m 
the "TJnra and the Thumrrim " were to be on Aaronj 
heart when he goes in before the Lord When Josli 
a is solemnly appointed to succeed thf! great hero-ll; 
giver, he is bidden to stand before Eleszar, the prifll 
'•Who shall ask counsel fo-.- him after the judgmo"*" 
Jrim, and this movement is to determine the 
ment of the hoit of Israel. (Num. 27 : 21.) la 
blessings of Moses they appear as the crowning glw 



of the tribe of Levi : "Thu-nmim aud thy Uiim are 
with the Holy One.'* (Deut. od : 8, 9.) In what way 
the Uri H en'l the Thummim were consaheJ is quite 
uncertain, .losephus and the H'lbbins supposed that 
the stouea gave out the oracular answer by procernat- 
ural illumination. But it seems to ba far uioio simple, 
and moat in agreement wiih the different accounts of 
inquiries made bv (Vu« and Thnniinini, (Ist Saml. 
1-4 : 8, IS, 19 ; 23, 2, 4, 9, 11, 12 : 23 : 6 ; Judges 
20: 28 ; 2ad Saral ."> : 2, o, kc,) lO suppose that the 
answer vas sl:uply given by the word of ihc Lord to 
the hi^h pries^, (compare John 11 : 51,) when ho had 
inquired of the Lord, clothed with the Ephod and 
Breastplate, ^uch a view agree? with the true notion 
of the breastplate, of which it wns not the leading 
characteristic to be oracular, but only an incidental 
privilege connected with its fundamental meaning. — 
What Chat meaning was we learn from Ek. 28 : 30, 
wherj we read, ""Aaron shall bear the judf-^iient of 
-children of Israel upon his heart beTore iho Lovd con- 
tinually." Now ihe Judicial sentence is one by which 
any one is either Jastiiied or coudemned. in prophet- 
ic vision, as in actual oriental life, the sentcoce of jus- 
tiQcation was often expressed by the nature oi' therobo 
worn. "!Ie hath clothed me with the garment o2 srl- 
vation." "He hath covered rae with the robe of right- 
eousnc.'.^, as a bridegroom decketh him with orna- 
ment*, and as a bride alorncth h'^rself with jeweh." 
Isaiah (51 : 10 is a good illustration of this. In like 
manner in Rev, 3 : 5 ; 7 : 9 ; 19 : 14; &c., the white 
linen robe oxpresseth the righteousness or justification 
of the saints " 

Lini'oln, Fa. 

lor the ConijjaiiitjH. 
A letter to brotlior Cieoree Bateman. 

1>KAU Brotulir: I feci impressed in spii-it to mingle 
juy sympathies and emotions of the heart with your 
sore afflictions in the family cii'cle. When the solemn 
message of the death of your dear companion in life, 
reached me, the cold chills rushed through my whole 
fraaie. In a moment, my thoughts reverted to the 
past, and opened to the mind's view the social and 
happy visits we enjoyed with each other, while you liv- 
ed in the east. I remembered how pleasant, lively, 
and amiable sister Lydia was, and that her conversa- 
tion wa.s coupled with fear, being ho-y and chasce, 
which made her so atcractive within the circle she 

Now she has gone o meet her Savior in the re- 
gions of eternal glory, to reap the reward of a sober, 
righteous and pious life. why should wo weep then 'i 
Wo know you weep not as having no hope of her fu- 
ture blessedness. But tl»o tics of nature are strong, 
jet not so strong but the .\ 'mighty in his proviucniiai 
iore3ij,ht can easily break it asunder, in a moment — a 
twinkling of an cya. There are chords within na- 
ture's attachment, which arc very tender. These are 

cloaeW watched with a father's, a mother's, a husband's, 
a wife's, a biothc-'g, and a sister's ca: e. When the 
withering hand of disease touches any of those chords, 
— what a painful an.*:iety does it soon occasion ! and 
when death inflicts the fatal b'ow. a wound is made 
that earth cannot heal. If we had no hope of a future 
state, we would be, as the apostle Paul remarked, of 
all men the most miserable. When we ihink of the 
many mansions in our Father's house prepared for us 
all — dead and living — a happy consolation to'^ces itself 
upon us ; that ''earth has no sorrows that heaven caii 
not heal." 

I and my companion can somewhat appreciate your 
solemn and downcast feelings under your afflictions. — 
La3t Thursday, (25 Feb.) we had to undergo the pain- 
ful du.,y of following our Kci.^e babe vo iiS last resang 
place on eanh, when tlie clod? of the valley now hide 
its body rrora mortal v;'?w. Were it not that God 
claiDS his p\eclou3 jeweh to av.ooahis g Crit Ethereal 
Kingdom, we would enter serious and grievous com- 
plaints. We toy to resign our wJl to a.i all-wise 
providence wi^h this holy co isidcafon : The Lord gave 
and the Lord haih taken aw?y ; hiessed he the name of 
tue Lord." We also have the consolation that Christ, 
ihe S.rvio •, has LoCelved it 'a paradise, where no pains 
are endured, no tears shed, no sighs heard, no sorrows 
felt, and no wounds inflicted. AVhere roses are with- 
out thorns, flowers without brambles, — where spring 
is perpetual, and light without clouds. There the tree 
of life is blooming, rivevs of pleasure flow, and flowers 
never fade. Myriads of happ 7 spirits a e there, re- 
plenishing themselves with the b.-ead of life, and 
anointing themselves with the oil of gladness, — sur- 
rounding ihe throne of God with the rierpetual hymn 
of Moses and ihe Lamb. Angels with golden harps 
sing praises thc-e contiuua'ly, ond chevubims fly on 
wings of fire. AVell might inspiration sa7, -'Eye hath 
not seen, ear hath not heard, neit'ier hath it evor en- 
tered into the heart of man, the things that God hath 
prepared for them that love him." When wc look 
forth and behold the earth ; it is pleasant, and lillcd 
with many delightful things, — for it is God's earth, 
and he hath done all things well. But hcaren is far 
better. There \\e shall not grieve any more, nor be 
sick any more, nor do wrong any more. There, the 
cold of winter will not wither us, nor the heat of sum- 
mer scorch us. There we shall meet all good men,and 
ail dearly love o :e mother ; for '-.Love is hc'ven and 
heaven i& love," \\ heve^orc. my dearly beloved broth- 
er, let us i!"t pine our ilves away, brt try ") comfort 

one a^ota-ir with th-.Me thouiihts. 

S. B. FLVtRY. 

Mkiikxess. — IIow difucult it is to be of a meek and 
forgiving spirit, whsa despitcfully used. To love an ' 
enemy, and to forgive an evil speaker is ? higher at- 
tainment than is Domraonly believed. It is verv easy 
to talk of Christian forbearance among neighbors, but ! 
to practice it ourselves proves us to be true christians. 



tor the Companion. 
Feet Washing. 

"While Christians of almost every denomination pro- 
fess to adopt the same Scriptures as the rule both of 
faith and practice, they yet dra^Y, or seem to draw 
from the sacred vohime conclusions widely different. — 
Many causes doubtless contribute to this effect ; and 
none, perhaps, more than the corruption ol our nature, 
which blinds the understanding, and hardens the 
heart ; which, in one man, exalts itself against the 
humbling doctrine and truths of the Gospel, and in an- 
other refuses obedience to its self-denying precepts. — 
Still we find difference of opinion, which exist be- 
tween those who do study with can lor, the revealed 
"M'ill" of our Blessed Lord. 

This indeed seems to be the case with the Brethren 
in regard to feet washing. Since the controversy has 
been going on I have read with some interest the dif- 
ferent views of my brethren and while each brother 
who has written on the subject has given his views as 
he believes to be right, I have thought, what a pity, 
a little band can not see eye to eye ! But as such is 
the case, let us, above all things have Charity. 

I have withheld my pen from writing on the subject 
of feet washing, and do not now write to agitate the 
question any more than it is. I would calm the agita- 
tion. "When the committee visited us in November last, 
to confer with us, they requested that the subject of 
feet washing should not be agitated any more than it 
was to which I assented. But I wish to say to ray 
Brethren, that no charge can be laid to the Thiladel- 
phia church for any trouble which has, or may arise 
about feet washing. To the best of my knowledge we 
never did contend with any of the brethren, who prac- 
tice it differently from us. But wh3n asked, Avhy we 
practiced feet washing in the single mode, we did not 
refuse an answer. I feel to say furthir, I have 
been a member of the church for over thirteen years, 
and I never heard from a brother or sister, feet wash- 
ing mentioned, (until about a year past) as differing 
from what is now (as I am informed) the general or- 
der of the brethren, (as we are told, "as we are the 

"We have always practiced feet washing in the sin- 
gle mode. That is, that the one that washes wipes, 
and from which we do not want to change. " IFc 
atand united," contending that it was the old way the 
brethren first practiced it at Germantown. (The moth 
er c lurch.) 

Now as much has been said and written upon the 
subject. I do not think it necessary for me to add 
any thing more, for all that has been written upon it, 
has not according to my view, made it any plainer 
than the plain words of our Savior, as recorded by St. 
John. No command, in the New Testament is more 
plainly given to us than the command of feet washing. 
And is it not strange, nearly every denomination of 
professed christians throw it away cntircl}', as nones- 
sential, and wc that do obey the command, and piao 

tice it, understand the way it should be performed, 

differently? Now if such be the case, let us be caie- 
ful that we give no cause for offense ; but let us have 
that charity and that forbearance which alone belongs 
to every child of God, and if wc cannot now sec eye 
to eye, let us trust the matter in the hand of an all 
wise God, and with a prayerful heart, and with a full 
belief that what even is "llis "Will," will be done. 



■ i -J M »- • -« mf- 

For the Companion. 

To Bug. Bknj. Leer: — Therein, as you say, con- 
siderable "stress " put upon the word^ "one another " 
in the communication to which you allude. The scrip 
tural proof that they deserve all that emphasis and much 
more, if poosiblo, is at hand, and will be given. 

The words 'one another," as illustrated by the Sav- 
ior in his example, can include but two persons in its 
performance. Christ, who washed and wiped each 
disciple's feet was the one, and each disciple was the 

The words "one another " certainly do allude to 
wiping as well as to washing, because the Master says, 
"I have given you an example., that ye should do an I 
have done to you.'''' "Who can say the use of the towel 
is not included in this example or pattern ? 

The single mode of Feetwashing is a part of "The 
faith once delivered to the saints." The Savi ;r, as 
proved above, delivered to his apostles ; the apostles 
delivered it to the churches they established ; and 
when the "man-child " was born, or primitive christi- 
anitji was re-established by the Brethren, at Swartze- 
nau in Germany, it was found by then*, in searching 
the scriptures with "much prayer and fasting," in the 
13th chapter of the Gospel according to St. .John. 

After they had been driven to this country by per- 
secution, they established the single mode of feet wash- 
ing in the little church tluey organized at Germantown; 
and ^ve still keep that ordinance as those "ancient 
brethren" delivered it to us. We do not however 
recognize any authority in those brethren to hand it 
down to us, aside from the word of the Lord ; but wc 
trace the power back to the great head and law-givor 
of the Church. 

You ask, "Who was it that delivered the fiith to the 
saints ? Was it Germantown and Philadelphia, or 
even the ancient brethren of Germantewn"? How 
you could draw the inference from the article you have 
criticised, that its author held any such idea is hard 
to understand. All that was intended to be shown by 
that communication were the facts mentioned above, 
that is, to prove that the single mode of feetwashing 
was instituted by Christ, and that the change to the 
double mode was never sanctioned by the mother 
church at Germantown. 

A good opportunity is now offered to mention anoth- 
er fact. The change from the single to the double 



mode was made, but there is no record in the proceed- 
ings of anv Yearly ^[oetinj; to show that it was made 
by the authority of the body. The inference is that 
the Bretlireii thoughtlessly allo\\ed it to creep in grad- 
ually uutil it came to be considered an order in the 
house of tunl. There is no doubt that it was at first, 
in a few instances, temporarily adopted to gain time 
when the brethren had, previous to the administration 
of this ordinance, spoken a good while, where there 
were a large number of communicants. 

While the proof derived from the word of the Lord, 
in favor of the single mode is unanswerable, I have 
been seeking in vain for a word of scriptural evidence 
for the double mode. The theory of representation, 
upon which many place so much "stress," has no foun- 
dation at all either in the precept or 'example ' of the 
Savior. Admitting that theory, for a moment, to be 
correct, Christ represented himself when he instituted 
feotwashing, but where was the representative of his 
church? lie did nut even intimate that he intended 
to establish such a theory, by calling on one of his 
disciples to gird himself, and represent his brethren in 
the act of wiping. 

You say at the conclusion of your article, "We have 
a guide to go by whi')h wo hold in higher reputation," 
and intimate that those who advocate the single mode 
are ''contentiou?.'" ISow brother Leer, I for one do 
nut wish to be contentious, but love the brotherhood so 
well that I would be willing to sacrifice anything but 
the truth to be in accord with them. Bring your scrip- 
tural evidence in favor of the double mode. I am 
open M conviction, and will gladly yield when convinc- 
ed. Your proof must however not be based upon any 
theor? or device, but upon '■'Thus saith thu Lord.'' 


Phila., Pa. 

For the Compauion. 
The rnpardouablc Siu. 

Being left altogether by myself this Sabbath after- 
noon,and taking a Testament and commencing to read, 
I soon reached the place where our Savior speaks of 
sinning against the Holy Ghost. Matth. 12 : 31. — 
Whilst reflecting on this passage, I concluded to give 
a thought on this subject, without criticising, or even 
referring to any of the articles written upon this sub- 
ject, which made their appearance in the Companion 
some time since. 

I for myself understand the Savior from the begin- 
ning; of the '2"jth verse to the end of the 45th verse of 
the chapter, to be talking t), ami concerning the Phar- 
isees. The Savior had just performed one of his won- 
<It'rful miracles, by which he proved so clearly to all 
that he y/xi in very deed the Son of God. The per- 
forming of this miracle did not only show the power 
anil goodne.s< of the Son of God, and prove his heaven- 
ly origin, but it had its desired effect upon the minds 
of the common people. Sue verse 23rd. The I* harisees 
being the open enemies of our Lord, mortified at being 

the people convinced of the divinity of Jesus, on ac- 
count of his mighty works, most wickedly, against 
all reason and better knowledge, attributed the mira- 
cles of Christ to the work and power of the Devil ; 
whereupon the Savior, from the beginning of the 2r)th 
to the end of the 4.')th versos, addi esses himself ^o 
those notorious blasphemers, in words which they can- 
not gainsay nor resist ; showing to them the unreason- 
ableness of their argument. Now I am persuaded that 
these hypocrites knew full well that it was not by Beel- 
zebub that our Lord cast out devils, for we hear one 
who was a member of their sect, and a principal 
man among them, confess : "We know that thou art a 
teacher sent from God, for no man can do these works 
that thou doest except <iod be with him." Now those 
Pharisees, with the scribes, were learned in the Old 
Testament Scriptures. Which scriptures the apostle 
informs us, came by holy men, who spake as thej were 
moved by the Holy Ghost. 2 Pet'>r 1 : 21. It will be 
seen then that whatever knowledge the Old Testament 
student of that day acquired by the reading of the . 
Scriptures, was transmitted to him by the agency of 
the lloly Spirit. ■ Inasmuch, therefore, as these hypo- 
critical characters had the wickedness to ascribe to the 
wicked one that which they knew by the scriptures as 
well as what they were daily permitted to behold with 
their own eyes, to bo the work of God. I conclude 
they sinned against the Holy Ghost. See loth verse. 
But I do not understand that the power, or possibility 
of sinning against the Holy Spirit, is limited alone to 
the class of characters to whom our Savior was here 
addressing himself. I believe that such as had been 
cleansed from their former sins, may fall away, and 
commit the unpardonable sin. I do not believe, how- 
ever, that in every case such as fall, do by so doing 
sin against the Holy Spirit ; for it is well known that 
even under the Mosaic system, God manifested himself 
as a merciful God ; and we have instances on record 
under that dispensation, where God pardoned the gros- 
sest of crimes upon genuine repentance. How much 
more will he not pardon the penitent sinner under the 
gospel dispensation, which is represented as a system 
of grace and mercy. 

Rossville, InO. 

Far the Companion. 
"For nil things are Yours." 

Friendly reader. Christian brother and sister : I 
have been meditating upon the exalted position that 
the true christian occupies. And while meditating on 
the sublime promises of the gospel of our Lord, our 
mind reverted to the language that stands at the head 
of this essay. The apostle in this chapter (1 Cor. 3,) 
among other things brings to bear the fact that "the 
wisilom of the world is foolishness with God." There- 
fore saith he, "let no man glory in men; for all things 
are yours ; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or 
the world, or li*'e, or death, or things present, or things 



to come, all are yours ; and ye are Christ's, and Christ | 
is God's." What a beautiful illustration, setting forth | 
to us that, possessing Christ and being possessed of I 
him, we have tne privilege of enjoying all things per- , 
taining to the Church. 

To illustrate farther : Paul, Apollos, and Cephas, ; 
were ministers ; and the Corinthian brethren had the j 
benefit of their united labors in the ministry ; they no < 
doubt labored very zealously in the cause, so that the | 
brethren were much refreshed and strengthened. Just j 
so we have the benefits of the labors of the ministry in j 
this our day. And although our ministers are for the j 
most part "local,"' or reside among us, yet vre have 
the benefits o' their labors. And in connection with 
this at times we also have the pleasure of a visit of 
some -'strange" or foreign brethren, and they are per- 
mitted to enjoy the benefits of the united labors of 
the x.linistry : sitting beneath the dripings of the 
sanctuary, and receiving wholesome admonitions, 
words of comfort and consolation, thereby becoming 
sti'engthened in the inner man. And just here we 
might say, that through the medium of our welcome 
periodicals, we have the privilege of hearing the breth- 
ren, from -'far and near," speak words of comfort and 
consolation. Oh ! how many hearts are made glad, 
through this means of grace. Truly when we consider 
the glorious Gospel Priviledges we enjoy in this land 
of Bibles ; being permitted to worship God beneath 
our own "vine and fig tree," we may wiih propriety 
say, "all things are your's." 

Again considering the matter from another stand- 
point ; when we travel among the brethren whsre true 
Christians love prevails, although we may be many 
miles from our homes, yet all things that are necessa- 
ry to make us comfortable, are ours. We arc permit- 
ted to surround their tables with them, and enjoy the 
benefits of what they have provided. Yet more, we 
share their hospitality in being permitted to rest our 
weary heads on their downy pillows. Hence we re- 
peat again "all things are yo«rs, and ye are Christ's, 
and Christ is God's." In consideration of those facts, 
or in consideration of the fact, that we shall be per- 
mitted to enjoy the "life that now is," the Apostle 
may ^ell say, "It does not yet appear what we shall 
be," but the fact that we are Christ's, and Christ is 
God's, inspires us with holy emotions ; and we are 
assured that not only in this life "are all things yours," 
but that in the "world to come," we shall be "heirs of 
God and joint heirs with Christ," and thus be permit- 
ted to enjoy "all things," that God m the plentitude 
of his mercy has prepared, and holds in reservation, 
for all those that love and serve him. 

Christian bi:other and sister, let us, ! let us en- 
deavor so to live that we may be permitted to ei joy 
those blessings, and priviledges, that have been so 
dearly purchased for us, by and through the atoning 
blood of Christ : "who though h« was rich, yet for our 
sakes he became poor, that we through his poverty, 
might be made rich." Unto his most holy name, be 

ascribed all praise, honor and adoration, now 
over more. Amen. 

L. M. 

Franldiji, loiva. 

and for- 


For the Compunion. 
Tlie Consuiissiou. 

"And he said uuto Uieru; Go ye into s\\ the world, and preach the 
gospel to every creature. Mark 16: 15. 

Tiie text above given should make deep im- 
pressions to every reader, and particularly' to the 
minister of tlie Gospel, as the commission was 
given by our Lord to the Apostles to go and 
preach ilie Gospel. Now the question is, Do 
we llie Ministers of the Gospel till that commis- 
sion that was given by our Lord through the 
Apostles'? I am fearful that many of us minis- 
ters come short of making full proof of the mis- 
sion given to us : for this reason I take the pen 
to investigate the subject. 

"And they went forth and preached every- 
where, the Lord working with them." Mark 16: 
20. Then turn to the "Acts of the Apostles," 
and we discover that they commenced the mis- 
sion given, to them by preaching the Gospel to 
the Jews and the Greeks, and as is declared in 
Acts 2: 46: "Continuing daily with one ac- 
cord in the temple, and breaking bread from 
house to house did eat their meat with gladness 

and singleness of heart; 

Acts 20 

"And, upon the first day of the week, when the 
disciples came together to break bread, Paul 
preached unto them." Taking these, with 
many other scriptures we might adduce, we 
come to the conclusion that it is filling the com- 
mission where there is an organized Church 
that only meet for worship once in tAvo weeks. 

I was much surprised when on a visit this 
winter to the state of Indiana, and found large, 
organized Churches with from one to three meet- 
ing houses in each branch, and only holding one 
meeting in every two weeks in each of those 
organized Churches. Could it be possible that 
the Lord has given us every first day of the 
week for to keep in honor to him, and a day 
set apart for worship, and yet we would only oc- 
cupy half of the time. Paul dwelt two whole 
years in his own hired house, and received all 
that came in unto him. Preaching the kingdom 
of God. Acts 28: 30,31: Paul was not only 
satisfied to preach on every first day of the week, 
but for two whole years at one place ; and at 
other times he preached until midnight ; and 



again, until the break of day. AVc need not 
fear of preaching too oflen, ■when we see the ne- 
ce«;sity of it in order to convict the sinner to re- 
pentance. The Apostle Paul exhorted Timothy, 
and gave him the charge to "preach the word : 
be instant in sea«-on and out of season; reprove, 
rebuke, cxliort with all longsuffering and doc- 
trine." 2 Tim. -i : "2. 

This proves to a full satisfaction of my mind 
that in order to iill the commission, we must 
meet every first day of the week for to preach 
the Gospel. And less that that would be los- 
ing the time given to us to preach the Gospel 
to sinners, to convict and convert them to the 
Lord Jesus Christ. 


Elm Springs, loica. 

-- - i^»- • —^^- 

For the Cumpanion. 
Passing Time \way. 

As this side of the sheet is somewhat soiled, I will 
pass some time in scribbling m it, whatever may occur 
to my mind. Even the foregang words, "Pass some 
time," afford a subject for serious reflection. First, 
this being Sun-lay, and I not at meeting, the (I'lestioii 
13 : Have I a sufficient excuse for my absence frum the 
hou=e of ("lod ? The inspired man of God Paul says, 
•'Redeeming the time, because the days arc evil."' — 
And, an old adage says : "For satau has seme miichief 
still, for idle hands to do." May I then always, when 
not engaged in active duty, ask myself, IIo-w is it that 
I am not engaged in something useful ? 

Such questions are well calculated to remind us of 
our duty, as well as of our folly ; and are m accord- 
ance with divine practice. When Adam, our first pa- 
rent, vainly tried to hide himself when he heard the 
1 voice of God in the garden, the Almighty, (thougli he 
' well knew where the man was) called him sayin<'. 
\dam, where art thou?" I have no doubt but tlm 
•errogation was intended for the man's reproof, and 
: at all for information to the enquirer. 
Vgain, when Elijah the prophet fled from the perse- 
:ing Queen .Jezebel, and >7a3 in a cave on .Mount 
, lioreb, after the storm, the fire, and earthquake had 
pa;>-se.i, the Lord passed by in a still small voice, cal!- 
: ing to the prophet : "What doest thou here, Elijah ?' 
Doubtless to remind him of his weakness, and also of 
[ the power with which he had been endued : for, but 
•' ortly before, we behold the elements at his command; 
lis Lidding the heavens withheli their rain ; again 
.:: his command taere was abundance of rain. But 
ti.jugh I may no be permitted thus to act with the 
seal of God, visibly to crown my labors, may I still, 
though in an humble sphere, so pass my time, " that I 
may give for everv day some good account at last." 

1). M. HOL<lNGER. 

for (he Companir-n. 

IVarnins to Talebearers. 

Bn-throu : if n man be overtaken in a lan'.t, ye which arc spirittl- 
nl. restore such .in one in the spirit of meekness, considering thy- 
stlf , lest thou nlso be tempted. Gal. 0:1. 

Brethren, let us see how this command of St. Paul 
to the^Galations is observed in this our day ? I am 
sorry to say that I have fretpently seen quite t'le re- 
verse among those wl-o call then:sclves brethren, and 
profess to be spiritually-minded. Ifanianis overtak- 
en in a fault, or even if the}' hear some evil report of 
a brother ; if they even themselves doubt its being true; 
they take every opportunity to circulate it abroad ; 
and forget that the Scripture makes it their duty W go 
to their brother and, in the spirit of meekness, endeav- 
or to restore him. or at least see if the report is true 
or not. MOSES FRAME. 

Elkhart Inch 

Hoxs Xear fs Koaven. 

Christians sometimes look far away to Heaven ; 
but that rest is not far off. The clouds that 
hide their shining worlds are thin, they are 
transient, and soon will obscure no more ; the 
journey may end this hoiu"; one short step may 
place the Christian in a ray of light ; one da,rk 
hour may hang upon him ; but die morning 
come and shade behind it. Day, bright, peace- 
ful and eternal, succeeds it. A pang may be 
left for a moment, and flies away forever. A 
conflict, sharp and painfnl, may continue for a 
night but victory, eternal victory, ensues. How 
soon, oh ! how soon she Christian's cares are 
over, his eyes no more suffused with tears. — 
Near at hand is the land of his pursuit. Hope 
cheers. How glorious the object that hope era- 
braces ! How holy its spirit \ Who can con- 
template the home that our Heavenly Father is 
fitting for His children, and not fear in his soul 
a thirst for its enjoyment ! Well, these delights, 
the happy clime, those ever verdant plains, are 
not for distant. 


Lief's Tkouisles. — Wisdom makes all the trouble, 
griefs and pains incident to life, whether carnal adver- 
sities or natural afHictions, easy and supportable by 
rightly valuing the importance of and moderating the 
influence of them. It suffers not busy fancy to ^alter 
the nature, amplify the degree, or extend the duration 
of them, by representing them more sad, heavy and 
remediless than they truly are. It allow them no 
force beyond what naturally and necessarily they 
have, nor contributes nourishment to their increase. — 
It keeps them at a due distance, not permitting them 
to encroach upon the soul, or to propa;:ate theTr influ- 
ence beyond their proper sphere. 



tor the Companion. 
The Wisdom ortlie Just. 

''The mouth of the just bringoth forth wisdom." 

Justice and wisdom are prominent features in 
the character of a child of God, and marks which 
distinguish the Christian from the chiklren of 
this present world. Intrinsic justice is inflexi- 
ble. Wisdom can be found by all who seek it 
aright. In judgment, wisdom may pity the ig- 
norance of the ignorant, and still offer instruc- 
tions, but justice will fulfil its mission, and 
faithfully execute its work. "The jxist man 
walketh in his integrity," and will be abashed 
by no means. A wise man is "not wise in his 
own eyes," but "the wise in heart will receive 
commandments," and obey them. Prov. 10: 8. 
Justice and Avisdom must go together. Wis- 
dom without justice will lead astray, pervert and 
confuse. But wisdom, tempered by the genu- 
ine presence of unyielding justice will accom- 
plish exceedingly great results. These are 
attributes of our God, in whom they have infin- 
ite perfection. And since justice and wisdom 
are perfect attributes of our Heavenly Father, 
can there be anything more rational than that 
his confiding, adopted children should follow jus- 
tice and wisdom in all their Christian action, 
life and deportment X 

A just man may be known by his speech — 
his words. Some men speak to please others ; 
some to please themselves ; and some again 
speak they know not what. Of the latter class 
there are not a few. But the just man or womaK 
knows what words escape the lips. There is a 
principle held by some that a man may as well 
speak his mind as not ; but this principle, like 
many of the same hue, is untenable in its foun- 
dation and unchristian in its origin. One of old 
had wisdom enough to know whereof he aver- 
ed when he wrote this line : "A fool uttereth all 
his mind, but a wise man kecpeth it in," They 
that love and follow the Lord have the Lord's 
promise: "I will give you a mouth and tcisdom, 
which all your adversaries shall not be able to 
gainsay nor resist." This is a precious promise 
to the timid, watchful follower of Jesus who de- 
sires to "live a quiet and peaceable life" in the 
midst of a perverse, presumptuous people. The 
imwise speak all they know, and when all ^ is 
said there is so much airiness and immateriality 
that it is difficult to find the terra fi/rma or sub- 
stance. But the wise will speak wisely, and 

their speech will be "seasoned with salt," A 
wise man in his discourse "brings forth wisdom" 
for the good of others ; but it is hard to remem- 
ber continually that we are examples or giving 
example to our associates, no less outside the 
Church than within, God gives to his children 
that which is good in his sight, even "wisdom 
and knowledge, and joy," (Eccl. 2 : -26,) but 
what a pitiful sight to see one of his children 
defend, with many words, some worldly princi- 
ple, or partisan opinion! The Christian is 
taught of God who gives him wisdom and un- 
derstanding, and therefore should be very mind- 
ful of the Source of such wisdom and under- 
standing, and if God be not the source, self or 
sin must be. 

In the Law-book of Heaven it is recorded 
that the resurrection of the dead is composed of 
two classes: — "The just and theunjust," 

A just man, then, must be a living, hopeful, 
Gospel believer, who will exercise himself, "to 
have always a conscience void of offence toward 
God, and toward men." In this is contained 
the essence of true Christianity. He whose 
Christian character is thus framed, isajVis/ man, 
and his words are words of wisdom, for "the 
mouth of the just bringeth forth wisdom." A ' 
just man is a good man, and a good man is a 
wise man. "A good man, out of the good treas- 
ure of the heart, hringetJi forth good things:^ 
this is one definition of a good man, given by 
our Savior, The person that answers this de- 
scription, practically, is a just man. He stud- 
ies to please God whether it be pleasing to his 
companions or not. Though those of his own 
company --svould declare their disapproyal of so 
strict a manner of life, yet will he hold his in- 
tegrity with God. The just man, however, will 
strive to please both God & man, but never at 
the expense of truth & equity. It is seldom that 
the just and wise are not well spoken of; and I 
have never heard else but good report of such of 
my brethren and sisters in our Brotherhood as 
are firm in the Faith, and live consistently with 
the holy, just and wise principles of our Gospel 
Christianity, May "every one that nameth the 
name of Christ," strive for the mastery over sini 
and self, and endeavor to lay before an observ- 
ing world, a life blameless before God and th$ 
Angels, and which will bring to every ear nothr 
ing less than a "good report." To say little 



and think much is better than to say much and 
and think little. Notice is taken of Avhat we 
say as well as of what wc do. Matth. 12: 36. If 
we live under the influence of what the New 
Testament teaches us, our "conversation will be 
as it berometli the Gospel of Christ." Just 
men are righteous men in God's estimation; 
hence they have righteous hearts and liopes, 
joys and fears, holy lives and godly conversation. 
Co). 3: 17. Children of this world may have 
deep learning, brilliant talents, and rank high 
in the Churcli, and yet be perverse. They de- 
ride the Gospel while they profess to uphold 
and obey it, and thus the cause of truth will 
suffer in its extension and acceptance. We 
must beware of the Lord's enemies. It would 
be well, in our associations with the world, nev- 
er to tarry longer than duty requires, where our 
mouths cannot bring forth the wisdom of God. 
1 Cor.l : 18. ''Think twice before you speak 
once," and "never suffer your tongue to outrun 
your wisdom." These maxims are good. "Be- 
loved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, 
slow to speak, slow to wrath." James 1: 19. 


Kliall vre meet again 7 

Through the many different circumstances in life, 
there 13 but little certainty as to how we are going 
to get along with anything wfi undertake to perform, 
which 13 of a worldly or temporal nature. It seems 
that disappointments fall to the lot of every one. The 
uncertainty of our intentions cannot well be avoided, 
from the fact that we are fallible creatures, imperf»:tct 
beings, short-sighted, not knowing what to-morrow 
will bring forth. 

There 13 always a time when friends must part. 
When we meet with friends and brethren and part 
with them, it is uncertain whether we will ever 
meet again. It is a great comfort and consolation to 
U9 to meet with lored ones after the absence of many 
years. Our conversation often goes back upon the 
pleasures we enjoyed together in riper years ; but when 
the time comes for us to part from each other, the 
though*-. ! Shall we ever meet again ? 

It has been but a few months since we have had the 
happy privilege of meeting with friends and neighbors 
after some years of absence. It seemed like heaven 
on earth when taking the hands of my old fathers and 
mothers, and companions of my youthful days. It 
was a feast of fat things. But alas'l dear friends and 
brethren, in a few days wc leave you again, and shall 
we meet again ? >'o, no never. Many of you I will 
never see in the flesh. Some have gone since I have 
been with you, and some others are almost ready to 
bid farewell to eartli and its sorrows. < >ld father'' and 

mothers in Israel: we leave you, we bid you an affec 
^ionatc farewell, we never expect to meet you here 
again in your earthly home. 1 cannot forget your 
kindness. If I cannt-t recompense you, ray (Jod will, 
lie will supply your wants. "Thou shalt be recom 
penscd in the resurrection of the just." We will lon<i 
remeuiber you, young brethren and sisters. Shall wt> 
meet again ? Not here. Thou farewell. I love you 
this (!od knoweth. Let us try to be faithful. A low 
more storms, then ^Ye will meet in our Father's house. 
"Wc have often sat together around the Communion 
board and communed with each other, and with our 
Lord Jesus Christ. Bat I have sat with many of you 
my last time. May we at last sit together around oui 
Master's table and feast on che blessings and rich 
things of heaven. 

Brethren, you who arc commanded to feed poor, 
hungry souls with the bread of life, and clothe the na- 
ked with the garment of salvation, we bid you adieu. 
We do not expect to hear your voices again in the 
Mountains of the East, in defense of the Word of God 
We say, goon; yours is a good work; by youths 
work of salvation is carried forward. With a tear wc 
say, fareu'fll. 

Brethren, remember the tender \ine that isjusi 
making its appearance in Missouri. We take our 
last survey of our native home — the Knob Creek meet 
ing-house, where our souls were first blessed, where v/u 
have oft ooeyed the form of doctrine delivered to the 
Saints, and where we first learned to love all men and 
to do unto others as we would be done by. 


i^^ ►- • -« ^ ■ 

Old Things. 

Give me old songs, those exquisite bursts ot melody 
which, thrill the lyres of the inspired poets and min- 
strels of long ago. Every note has borne on the air 
a tale of joy and rapture — of sorrows and sadness. — 
They tell of days gone by, and time has given them a 
voice that speaks to us till life shall end : as I "launch 
my boat" on the sea of eternity, may their echoes bo 
wafted on my ear, to cheer me on my passage fr(jni 

Give me old paths where I have wandered and cull- 
ed the flowers of sweet friendship in the days of "Auld 
Lang Syne," sweotcr tar, the dells whose echoes have 
answered to our voices, whose turf is not a stranger to 
our footsteps, and whose rills have, in childhood's days, 
reflected back our forms and those of our merry school 
fellows, from whom we have parted and met no more 
in the old nooks we loved so well. .May the paths be 
green in my memory forever. 

(Jive me the old house upon whose stair we seem to 
hear the light footsteps, and under whose porch a mer- 
ry laugh seems to mingle with the winds that whistled 
through the old elms ; beneath whose branches lie the 
graves of those who once trod the halls and made the 
chambers rini^ with glee. 



For the Companion. 

Explanalion as requested by Brother Arch Hol- 

The passage to be explained is found in Pauls let- 
ter to the Hebrews (7: 3.) and reads thus: "without 
father, without mother, without decent, having neither 
beginning of days nor end of life, but made like unto 
the Son of Hod ; abideth a priest continually." 

Now from the preceeding verses of the same chap- 
ter, we see that the apostle has reference to Melchise- 
uec as being without father and without mother, &c. 
It has been a great question among the learned men, 
wlio this Alelcliisedec really was, some concluding that 
be was God ; others, one of the holy angels; and oth 
ers that he was Christ. But according to my humble 
opinion by what I have learned from the Scrintures, 
he was only a mortal man, but a priest of the Most 
High God, and a type of Christ and of his priesthood. 
It was in the capacity of a priest that Melchisedec 
met Abraham when returning from the slaughter of 
the kings and received tithes at his hand. See Cen. 
14: 18—20. 

Scripture tells us nothing of his father or mother, 
nor of his genealogy, his birth or his death. lie stood 
alone without predecessor or successor until Jesus 
Christ, the great antitype, made his appearance, who 
was also a priest, appointed of God after the order of 
Melchisedec, (See i'salm 110 : 4,) and not after the 
order of Aaron, v/hich priesthood was claimed by gen- 
eration. No one could become a priest of Aaron-c or- 
der but by birthright of father or mother of decent 
from Aavon, and according to Jewish Hisiory, name 
of father and mother, date of the p.iest's birth, how 
he served in that capacity, and date of his death. — 
And such names as Melchisedec, and his father and 
mother, could not be in the record ot pviest^, because 
he wa^ a priest at the time when he met Ab. aham 
when returning from the slaughter of the kings, when 
Aaron was yet in the loins ot" Abraham for gencations 
before the Levitical Priesthood was established. lie 
was without father and without mother, without beg'u- 
nin-' of days or end of lix"e, and having no decent fi-'-^m 
Aaron ; neither had our Lord Jesus Cn- ist, for ic is 
evident that our Lord sprang from the tiibe of Ji'uah 
of which tribe IMcses spake nothing concerning priest- 
hood. Ileb. 7: 15. so we see that Christ was a priest 
after the Levitical Priesthood was aboU?hed. 

Now Paul does not claim Christ's priesthood ahe.v 
the order of Aaron, but after ihe order of Melchise- 
dec. the '^ype ot Christ, who «^vS born of a woman in 
o"/r''er to become a man. So we believe of Melc'uise 
dec, '•hat he had a father and a mother in order to oe- 
come man and king of Salem which was the ancient 
na'iie of Jerusalem, v/here Melchisedec was "King of 
Peace" when Abraham was a stranger in Canaan. — 
So Melchisedec was a type of Chr-ist in humanity ; and 
secondly as to his divine nature as being in the high- 
est sense without any of these limitations. We should 
therefore notice carefully that the Apostle describes 

Melchisedec, the type in terms which in the full mean- 

ing holds good only in Christ the great Antitype. 

ScalpJevel Pa. 


fo;- the Companion. 
LrOng prayers and repetition of nords. 

In No. 5 of this vol. I noticed an article under the 
above heading, and it appears that our beloved broth- 
er has not altogether understood the language of our 
Master, as recorded by Matth. 6:7:8. He left the 
latter clause of the 8th verse almost unnoticed, as he 
noted the words, "0 Lord, our Heavenly Father." It 
appears these words of the 8th verse we-" e taken into 
con5:ideration in the repetition. The text has no ref- 
erence to these words (above stated.) "Be not ye 
therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth 
what things ye have need of before you ask him." — 
This has reference only to asking of the Lord, such 
things as we wish him to give, as he knows our wants; 
therefore no repetition is required. But I must still 
agi-ee with the brother to a certain degiee, concern- 
ing the words noted. Benr with me Brethren. 


Scalp Level, Pa. 


One Drop at a Time. — Have you ever 
watched an icicle as it fromed I You noticed 
how it froze one drop at a time, until it was a 
{out long, or more. If the water was clean, the 
icicle remained clear, and sparkled brightly in 
the sun; but if the water is but slightly muddy, 
the icicle looked foul, and its beauty is spoiled. 
Just so our characters are forming; one little 
thought or feeling at a time, adds its influence. 
If each thought be pure and right, the soul will 
be lovely, and sparkle with happiness; but if 
impure and wrong, there will be deiorraity and 
«vretchedness. — Selected. 

['BAYER, to make it acceptsd, requires neither geni- 
us, eloquence, nor language ; but sorrow for sins, faith 
and humility. It is the cry of distress, the sense of 
want, the abasement of contrition, the energy of grati- 
tude. It is not an elaborate string of well-arranged 
periods, nor an exercise of ingenuity, nor an effort to 
the mem',>iy ; but the devout breathing of a soul struck 
with the sense of its own misery, and of the holiness of 
Him to whom it is addressed. 


Some men think religion bears the same relation to 
life that flowers do to trees ; that the tree must grow 
through a long period before the blossoming time. But 
the Bible represents religion not as the latest fruit of 
life, but as the whole of it — beginning, middle and end. 



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Oneness in Christ. 

Fw the Companion. 

"For by oue spirit are wc all baptised iuto one body, whether wc 
be Jcwr, or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free, and have been all 
made to drink into one spirit." 1 Cor. 12 : 13. 

"For ye liave not received the spirit of bondage again to fear ; 
but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby wc ory, Abba, 
Father. The spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that wo 
are the children of God : and if children, th'>n heirs, heirs of God, 
and joint heirs with Christ ; if so be that we suffer with him, that 
we may be also glorilied together." Romans 8 : 15 — 17. 

From the above scripture we can learn our 
relation with God and with his Son Jesus 
Christ; and also from the scripture we leam 
that God has always had a people upon the 
earth, and he has always given them a law, with 
life and death set before them, and men could 
choose which they would. In olden time the 
Lord chose Israel to be a special people unto 
himself, above all people upon the face of the 
earth : and he gave them commandments, and 
statutes, and judgments ; which he commanded 
them to keep, that if they would hearken and 
do them, the Lord would keep the covenant 
and mercy which he sware unto their fathers, 
that he would love them, and bless them, above 
all people. But if they would mix among other 
nations, and serve other gods, his wrath would 
be kindled against them. They were not even 
to inquire how the nations served their gods, 
and were not to sow their vineyards with divers 
kind of seeds, lest the fruit of their seed which 
they had sown, and the fruit of their vineyard, 
be defiled. And they should not wear a gar- 
ment of divers sorts, as of woolen and linen to- 
gether ; and were commanded, that if there arose 
matters of controversy within their gates, they 
should "come unto the priests, the Levites, unto 
the judge that should be in those days, and in- 
quire ; and they shall shew the sentence of 
judgment", "and according to the judgment 
which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do : thou 
shalt not decline from the sentence which they 
shall shew thee, to the right hand or to the left." 
And God has yet a people upon the earth, and 
has sent his only Son into the world; and he 
has brought a law, his Father's will, which if 
the children of men observe and do, they may 
live forever. Now Paul says, "For if the word 
spoken by angels was steadfast, and every trans- 
gression and disobedience received a just recom- 
pense of reward : How shall we escape if we 
neglect so great salvation ; which at the first be- 
gan to be spoken by the Lord, and confirmed 
imto us by them that heard him." TIeb, 2 :2, 3. 

Now if by "one spirit" we are all baptized in- 
to "one body," why not all walk by the same 
rule X And as the children of Israel were to go 
to the priests, the Levites, to get sentence, or 
judgment, in matters of controversy, etc., so the 
Church of Christ is not left without a directory. 
The 13th chapter of the Acts of the Apostles is 
the gospel rule and order of the Church of 
Chri't to settle differences and dissensions in 
the Church. We learn that there were breth- 
ren sent by the Church to Jerusalem with their 
matters of disputation, and were received of the 
Church, and of the Apostles and elders ; and 
we learn they gave judgment in the matter. — ^ 
Then it pleased the Apostles, and elders, with 
the whole Church, to send back chosen men, 
and also a written decision, in which, when they 
had read, thsy rejoiced for the consolation. Now 
according to the gospel rule, we have our coun- 
cil meetings, where the elders, and the Church 
meet in council, and give judgment in matters 
of controversy and differences of understanding, 
we hope in the fear of God ; and these decisions 
are written down and sent back to the whole 
Church to satisfy and make an end of that con- 
troversy. Now when these decisions are read, 
do we "rejoice for the consolation'?" I fear not ;■ 
but many murmer that it is not as they wished; 
they will bear no cross, nor deny themselves ac- j 
cording to the gospel, and as it were, scorn gov- 
ernment, and go and do as they did before. — 
Under the law in the Church of Israel, that 
man had to die, who presumptuously disobeyed 
the judgment of the judge ; and "Hoa^ shall we 
escape if we neglect so great salvation ■?" The 
Apostle says we "have been all made to drink 
into one Spirit." Why is it when we have all 
drank into one Spirit, which Spirit, the Savior 
says, "shall guide us into all truth," that we 
walk in so many different ways, for Christ says 
"I am the way." Then all other ways are evil, 
and the Spirit that will lead us into any other|| 
way than where the Savior went, must be anji 
evil spirit, for John says, "He that saith he| 
abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk, 
even as he walked." 1 John 2: 6. But in thes(j^ 
last days we frequently see our Brethren dress^, 
in the uniform of the world, appear in the styl 
of the world, and attend political meetings ai 
elections, contrary to the counsel of the Church 


and above all, contrary to the gospel, Avhicli is 
our salvation, if we obey it liom the heart. 

Here we sec mixed seed sown in our fields 
and in our vineyard, and thereby many are de- 
Hlod. As the churcli of Israel were not to in- 


.pure aller the r.a.iou^.oZcL::rck:C^^l^^^^ J-3- 

must be external and visible, a« well ^^TJ^, 
nal and spiritual. The Savior says! 1 an t ^' 
rue vine : ye are the branches. Now if we a c 
branches of the^true vine, we must bearfr dtim 
to the vine. Hear the Savior's praj^^r for us; 


- -"-" •"■■— ^ in- uuuu, ana ue 
a separate people, a chosen generation, a royal 
pries hood, a holy nation." The .Savi;r con - 
niands us to watch, and pray always. J)o breth- 
ren pray in the Spirit, on th'eir way to political 
elections, that the Lord would direcl tlie^ir ste's 

Xow dear sisters, I must witc a lew lines un- 

o oursel>es. for we are as often walking ont of 

the narrow path as the brethren. 11 w? w^.S 

wateh our walk and eouversatiou better we 

^Xetit%r:^^,„';rrss%ri^^^ whothat,™ 

tie's advice is that we sio.dd be te chet^f "• -uC TeV t" "Tn th:^"'' '"r' ''"^ l''"^" 
good, and our adorning should be that o'!""'! "^"ow ,vheZi-h '■.,»• '•'"''"■''• '" ""^ 
a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the ,Vhto ■-""! "'e UntZ.ll\iT''V"T ,"'"' ««' 
a«l of great price. The Church of Israe w .^ "hich is the Bod! of C St" w' ,"'S"""d' 
not to wear garments of divers sorts, as of wool ''»<:d ""to ourselves le^.V ) " *""'" '"'"• 

. "w S t'lTb^'i"^' "^-^"•-•> ^•^""' E 

or, art in me, and I i„ tLe, thTt thi'^o'^av 

be one ,„ us : that the world may believe ZZ 

hou hast sent me. ,Vnd the glory wl eh 

myfrone""""™ «'"" *™t 'hat t 
may be one, even as we arc one: 1 i„ tl„.n, in,! 

Ijgion, and thereby sp;r;;r 'r'obe o r XTo.,: 
'S '^^'<^'^ -" ^ouls with these vanTties!!! 

for there will be uo spotted 
Therefore let us labor (o 


-, ...... „,.„„ our souis with these vanities— -Iherefore let u<i Uh„^ , i ?';""^"is tncrc,— 

M^Tl^^Vu''""^ *^^'- "'<l»'ge.ce?7f,"Rhteousnes ttVcod^ V" """ '"'^^ »' 
elf, and of the flesh, and clothe ourselves with Nol* to arise and To ^Ti ,i , "'' <^™'™«i><Icd Ja- 

>'«tdTu?,'; ';Z"'7^ '""' '?' "^ noJrilh t -d make1h:^'fn" Ltunt S^^l T\"'"'-' 

^P^''tJz^!:^f.^:^ ^:'';^r:tf t^r ^^ -"-;." 

consistences. In some districts of the Chur ' I 'a'' to God s H noT™ ^^ '^''"' '° '"'"d au al- 

^"Tzst! "'°''' r' '•-h^o-bi »" o« "oCa;^ ° anro:rgSur ";r"">- 

the elde,^ Tnd th rT"",?;, '"" "° 1''""' ^^l', '?"'' ''"^ "boldness to ciXr iffH ,' "" "'" 

orsar"£f°^^''^r''"^'''" ™- ■ n" :^^':^- 

fi.,if^f' ^^e tree is known by its frn,-/'' t ^ — •-. 

•'' "^" ^^c walk ui)iigJiiiy 





Norrhern district of Indiaca, March 3oth; 
iu Union Contre congiegatiou, 7 miles Boulhl 
west of Goshen. 

MiB6om-i and Kansas district, April 10th, 
near Plattsburg-, Mo. 

^ Middle district of Pa., April Seth, in James' 
Creek congregation, Huntingdon Co., Pa. 

Western District of Pa., April 26th, ia Elk- 
lick branch, Somerset Co., Pa. 

Fist district of Virginia, Friday and Satur- 
day before second Sunday in April, in Frank- 
lin Co. Va. 

East Pennsylvania district, in Tolbcnhaek- 
en branch, Lebanon Co. Pa., 2 miles South 
of Myerstown Station, Cth of May. 

District of West Virginia, at Shiloh, Bar- 
bour Co., April 30th. 

Eastern district of Maryland, Middletown 
Valley congregation, first Tuesday after 

Bfottcc uf £>istrivt S.ceting. 

The District fleeting for the sec- 
ond Di.^rict of Va. will bo held, the 
Lord willing, in the i^'eaver Creek 
meetinghouse, on the 7th and 8th 
of May. Brethren coming through 
the Valley on their way to Annual 
Meeting, are invited to Le with us 
at that time. 

By order of the Elder. 


Dear Brother Henry : — I hereby 
give you a brief sketch of our visit 
to Pennsylvania. Myself and wife 
left home on the 7th of Dec. Ar- 
rived at Dayton, Ohio, on the 9th, 
and remained four days. Visited a 
brother-in-law, and in consequence 
of having no knowledge of the breth- 
ren in these parts, we had but two 
meetings in Liberty, in the United 
Brethren meeting-house. Much in- 
terest; manifested in the word preach- 
ed. We then took our leave for 
Millerstown, on the Penna. Central 
R. R. In this congregation (Lost 
Creek) we remained several weeks. 
Associated with the brethren at a 
series of meetings held at Free 
Spring raeeting-housG (9 in number). 
We also had quite a number of 
meetings besides through the con- 
gregation. I then visited the lovrer 
congregation in Cumberland Co., 
and the brethren in Tuscarora Val- 
ley, having left my wife to visit 
among her friends. Y/e then pro- 
ceeded to Lewistown congregation, 
remained about a week ; thence to 
Aughwick, remained another week. 

Then took the cars westward. Stop- 
ped over night with brother Henry 
Holsingcr. We were much disappoin- 
ted however, in not meeiing him 
at home ; and finding the young wo- 
man scorching with Feve.-, (As no- 
ticed in Companion. l\o. 7.) we 
felt it an imposition ;o remain in 
the family over night; and wouid 
have gone to the hotel, but the lov- 
ing entreaties and countenances of 
sister Ilolsinger and brother Mentz- 
er (Assistant Editor^ constrained us ; 
and they have not only our thanks 
and good wishes, but we try to re- 
member them at a throne of grace 
in their afflictions. 

We then resumed our journey 
westward, in company with brother 
John Emraert and sister Hannah 
How, and safely arrived atBurnetts- 
ville, 12 miles west of Logansport, 
Ind. Remained with the brethren 
5 days ; had interesting meetings. — 
I would here say, in general, on 
our visits, good interest was mani- 
fested in spiritual thlags. The 
brethren strongly contending for 
for the faith, notwithstanding we 
saw none baptized. 

Once more we resumed our jour- | 
ney bomeward and arrived home on i 
the 11th of Feb., and found all well, i 
for which we try to be very thank- j 
ful to our heavenly Father, in whose I 
hsnds our lives are. On the 12th | 
we started for Mount Carroll, 111.,! 
by request of brother C. Long, to a 
church meeting : where a brother 
wag to be chosen to the ministr3\ — 

The lut fell on brother Joseph 
Switzel ; hope he will manfully and 
courageously respond to his caU.— 
We spent a week in the Carroll and 
Hickory Grove congregations. 


Duncannon, Ills. 

Dear Brother; I have lately seen a 
good many that seem to bo well 
pleased witli the QoraparAon ; I there- 
fore thought it no more than my du- 
ty to inform you what I think of it. 
First, — I must say, that I have 
been a reader of it ever since the 
seventh number of first volume. — 
Further, I must say, that I could 
hardly be better pleased with it than 
I am at present. I would not be 

without it for twice the amount it 
costs. It does what it claimes to 
do ; it cheers me on my way toZion. 
I have often tried to encourage oth- 
j ers to take it. The reply sometimes 
is, "I have the Old and New Testa- 
ments to read." This we know that 
they have the Scriptures, and well 
would it be if they would read them; 
but while they scndy how to accumu- 
late wealth, they are neglected as 
well as the Companion. Some even 
consider it a great evil in the Church; 
and, according to their expressions, 
v.'ould immediately prohibit j'ou 
from printing it, had they the pow- 
er to do so. They think, and even 
say, that it is the Companion that 
causes the discord and disunion in 
the brotherhood at this time ; but all 
hath never dlscoura2;ed me yet. — 
In conclusion 1 would say to you, 
dear brother, go on ; dont be dis 
pod cause ; if the 
who can be 

couraged in a 
Lord is with 
against you ? 

Rossville Ind. 

So fare you well. 

Brother Ilolsinger; My heart 
says amen to what brother Forney 
and brother Smith say about praye^ 
or social-meetings ; as brother Smith 
says he wants some more said on 
the same, I feel like trying to help 
to advance the good cause, having 
enjoyed the happy privilege of at- 
tending such meetings for 12 years, 
and having often felt that it was a 
little heaven on earth to be there. 
Brother Forney and brother SmithJ 
have enumerated the blessings ali 
tained, but there is still another. - 
All backbiting, malice and evi 
speaking, is banished from the c| 
cle of those who meet regular 
such exercises. If any meet wi5 
hatred, they cannot hold it : satii 
is made to flee. And it is corara(j 
for those who get entangled in Si-ji 
tkn's net, to absent themselves W 
take a back seat ; and after a whlle| 
confess their faults with sorrow.' 
When a member's seat is vacant wij|j 
out a just cause, and the inquiry 
made about it, the answer is a 
men : "they have got into a diffiJ 
ty." But then is the time tJ«! 
ougiit to come to get help and ooi 



fort. Wc are commanded to exhort 
one another, and to confess our 
faults one to anotber. Brother 
t^mlth says souie are oyiposed to 
such meerings. We hnovf some El- 
ders and Ministers, who are ; but 
how will thev Recount to (Jod in 
the d:iv of jvnl^me\it for the«pra.y- 
er and exhortauons ihey have bin- 
deied ; the 'uLe-wa-mness o" some, 
and for the biank leaves of God's 
book of jemembraoco, which the 
Lord keeps for those who often 
speak together of his name. Some 
say the sisters must keep silent, for 
Vaul sa;s so. Soroeiimes things 
take place in c'lu'-ches that the 
brethren can best settle alone ; but 
what WPS the use of Pau' saying a 
woman shall covei her '''eiul, when 
praving or prophesying, •■' she was 
always to kcepsi'enL Although I 
am too weak to understard Paul ex- 
actly, I am sure that he did not 
mean for them* to keep silent in 
prayraeeting, because he says they 
shall ask their husbands at home ; 
and the e.-rercises of prayermeetings 
are in such simplicity that even a 
chili can understand them. We 
are glad there are still some who are 
not afraid lo declare the ivhole 
counsel of God. 


About the German HjniH Book. 

Brother Hohinger : — I sent you 
a short communication some weeks 
ago, but nothing having as yet ap- 
peared, I came to the conclusion 
that ii had not come to hand, and 
as it regarded a matter in which the 
Brotherhood is concerned, I shall 
make mention of it a second time. 

A request to last Annual Meet- 
ing to have a selection made of 
German hymns, to be added to the 
Englisti, caused the Standing Com- 
mitiee to appoint four bveihven for 
that purpose. It being understoodby 
this -ommiitee was to meet on Christ- 
mas at bvoiher Henry Kurtz's, I. 
as one of that Committee, repaii-ed 
there, but being disappointed in 
meeting brethren Wetzel and D. M. 
llolsinger, conversed Tvith brother 
H. K. about it ; he being of opinion 
that it required longer time than I 
thought, and that the selection 

would have to be presented to next 
Annual Meeti igfor adoption, which 
1 ihought was not tho case. Now, 
as I lelt and mingled with the breth- 
ren in North Eastoru Ohio, from 
that lime to this. 1 have found my 
mind established, since all that spoke 
their mind expected to see the se- 
lection printed find added to the 
English at the earru-i-t date possible. 
Many have kept back from purchas- 
ing books in tho hope of soon to be- 
ing furnished with what they looked 
for. All said that they had full 
confidence in the selected committee 
to make theselection of hymns. 

So T. thought to inform the broth- 
erhijod at large how this matter 
stauds, snd at the same time inform 
the committee of the mind of breth- 
len as stated above. As I do not 
expect to be at my home before 
April nixt, 1 wish to inform those 
concerned that I expect to be here 
near Louisville, in Stark County, 
Ohio, till Monday, 8th of March ; 
then wiih the brethren near George 
town then, by the loth, near Pierce- 
ton, Indiana ; then from t'le 22nd in 
my former home near Milford, Kos 
ciosko Co., Ind., till aTer the Dist- 
j rict Meeting of Northern Ind. — 
j Brethren of the Committee know 
where to addr-^s me, if they feel ia- 
j clined to do so. 
j Yours in love, 
1 F. P. La MR. 

I Letvisville, Ohio, Feb. 21 th. 

I Changes of .Idtlresses 

j H. D. Davy, Casstown, Miami ('o. 
Ohio. Formed v his address was 
' Mt. Vernon, 0. ' 

Jacob P. Moomaw, Fremont, 
; Dodge Co. Nebraska. Formerly of 
I Sidney, Iowa. 

p i K J» . 

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Oa the 24th of Jauuary. in the Talpcbock- 
cn church, Lebanon Co. Pa., MARY ELIZ- 
ABETIT, danghter or brother Jesse Y. and 
sister Barbara HECKLER, aired I year, 7 
months, and 1.5 days. On the 27ih the corpse 
was conveyed to Skippack, and interred iu 
the Brethren's buryiii^r ground, when the 
occasion was improved by brother Henry 

Ji9. Y. Hkckler. 

In tlic Middle Creek branch, Soinerset Co. 
Pa.. Sept. 2aih, 1868, sister SUSANNA 
SCHROCK wife of brother Jacob C. Schrock; 
n;;ed .54 years and 15 days. Funeral services 
by brother Josiah Bcrkly, from Rev. 14 : 13. 

In the same cliuroh, February 20tli, sister 
DINAH SCHROCK. wife of brother Chris- 
tian Schrock.; ay:cd .50 years, 10 montiis, and 
13 days. Funeral services from Rev. 14 : 13, 
by brother Josiah Berkley and the writer. 
Tonus Meyehs. 

In tlic CoUlwatcr branch, Floyd Co. Iowa, 
Jan. 34th, DAVID ADAMS, son of friend 
Samuel and sister Adams, aged 11 months, 
and 2 days. Funeral sermon preached by 
the writci", from Matth. 19 : 14. 

John F. Eikexbeukv. 

In Upper Conowago brand), Adams Co., 
Pa., Jan. 29th, SAMUEL BROWN, son of 
brother George Brown, aged about 30 years. 
He leaves a wife and two children, and an 
aged father to mourn for him, with many 

Adam IIolli.ngek. 

In the Yellow Creek congregation, Pa., 
February 23rd, ANNA FRANCIS, infant 
daughter of brother Samuel B. and sister 
Mary Anil FURRY ; aged 2 mouths and 28 
days. Her suffering in sickness appeared to 
be great, but she fell calmly to sleep leav- 
ing her corpse almost as natural as life. 

The bereaved parents have our sympathies 
iu their afflictions, and we would of/er them 
eouFolation in the thought that though little 
Anna will not come to tliem any more they 
may go to her. Their family though young, 
has been broken, and can no more be restor- 
ed in this world. One of its members has 
gone to the spirit world, and there alone can 
the circle again be completed. Death has its 
sorrows, but in this case it was a bright side: 
A member of the family — and a fit represen- 
tative — in the kingdom of glory ! What an 
honor ! — Editou. 

In Wavnesboro, Franklin Co. Pa., Dc". 
24th, 1808, AMMON B. HOOVER, son of 
friend Daniel Hoove^ aged 1 year, 11 months 
tt 8 days. Funeral services rendered by bru. 
D. F. Good and J. F. Rohrer. "And they 
shall be mine," saith the Lord of hosts, "in 
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V.-'-o N : ■. .T,-. :^ J VThv shonld bo 

A pis- vkiil 
To !.u. U? 

A^.iiu til • -1 : VIM V : 

''Jesus of Naziri by." 

ihi a:\A woa ; 
- ..- "or bo cnme, 
> ■ sick,jiud deaf) aud l.tmo. 

il ! to !i;'-ii- 1'!" Cry : 

Ho! «: 

Here'? - 

, 00313 ! 

■■■?'t. Ail 1 ho in. 

01" Nazjroth i)a3seth by!" 

■'"'■'■ •■ ■" refasj, 

!ovj abui ' 
: "OM turn, 
1 spura. 
J the cry- 
■ /i .1 J.. «t>_i iij .1 jMssed by." 

ror the Companion. 
Peace iu Geavou. 

I The above exclamation, recorded by Luke 19 • 

'^-. was made upon that important occasion 

•n Chi-ist, the King of the Israel of God, 

into Jerasalera, and his disciples sang Ho- 

: -i^?- ^■"•^''Mg, "Peace in heaven, and" glory 

in tho ^ " The above words appear only 

: la the ^Sew Testament : and we consider 

1 Till of meaning. They imply, perhaps, 

o than they clearly^express. We consider 

ss, Let there be peace in heaven: 

........ les ^'-'^ "---not in heaven. — 

'■'^^^"^'V . .'f things, "inheav- 

•^ aii IS lovo," seems to'be verv< 

........ . . ..Iter dnl" '". :.-.^-. . the strii> 

^ures, we cnmo to the t .such was 

•eaUy the case. Aud to prove thi^ we need on- 
y consider a few points. 
I Omitting to detain ourselves with the nau-se 

which brought "sin and deatli into the world 
a^id all our woo," we pass on to the time when' 
God separated from tiic world for himself a 
people. But his people rebelled itgainsthim; 
anc God was angry against tliem insomuch that 
he slew them in the wilderness, llov/ever ho 
spared, a few who had been faithful, and about 
the Oody of pne of those, Michael, the arch-an- 
gel., disputed with the devil, when contending 
with him, being^ greatly displeased, he said "The 
Lord rebuke thee." K'ow^ from this' we mav 
well conclude, if Michael, one of the brightes't 
aich-angels in heavfen, and no doubt one of the 
highest in authority, was displeased at the rash, 
crafty, and contemptuous conduct of the adver- 
sary, when contending with him, * that .^here 
must have been a breach of the peace, or a dk^ 

satisfied state of things in the celestial world. 

And it seems still more li^ly that such a state-' 
of things existed there already immediately af- 
ter, " if hot before the fall ofoiw: first parents 
whom God had created in ■ his own likeness, for 
hi own glory and honor, '1* ' 

l3at it appears as if the design whicli God 
had was frustrated, and the glory and honor 
wxiich was due to him, was usuipcd, or stolen 
by the father of lies. And furthermore, the 
Lord sent prophets and wise men into the world 
"of whom the world was not worthy," "who 
thi jugh faith subdued kingdoms, wrou.'>-ht right- 
eousncss, obtained promises, stopped the moutlis 
of lions, (luenched the violence of fire, escaped 
the edge of the sword, out of weakn'oss were 
made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to 
llight the armies of the aliens." But "they were' 
stf^ned, they v/ere sawn asunder, were tempted 
were slam with the sword: they wandered about 
m sheep skms and goat skins :" being destitute, 
afilicted, tormented." And during the endur- 
ance of all these fiery trials of the enemy hero in 
tnis world, they were also acqus^d "before our 
God d:iY and night." Rev.- 12: 10. Now w.^ 
might well ask, liow could there be peace whc'c 
tie proved and approved were continuaUy ac- 
6cd ? 



But we read further, "Now is come salvation, 
and strength, and the Idngdom of our Grod, and 
the power of his Christ," who ''made peace thro' 
the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile ail 
things unto himself; by him, I say whether they 
be things on earth, or things in heaven." Col 
1 : 20, Now, if things in heaven needed recon- 
ciliation, it is another evidence that there was a 
breach of the peace in that bright abode. Thus 
we think it is clear that there was an unpeacea- 
ble state of things in heaven, and that the most 
precious being in heaven was required to de- 
scend a little lower than the angels, for the suf- 
fering of death, that he might conquer death, 
and do all the wonders which he did, to restore 
peace and reconcile all things unto himself. 


Harleysville, Pa. 

■«iaB9 — e I I Bu " 


For the Companion. 
Beflections on tfee Second coming of our liOrcl. 

"For the the Lord himself shall deseond from heaven with a shout, 
■with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God : and 
the dead in Christ shall rise first." 1 Thess. 4 : 10. 

In entering upon a slight investigation of this sub- 
ject, I do not propose to proceed in the waj" some have, 
that is, to tell you the day and hour our Lord will 
come again. But I do piopose to tell you tlie 
and hour that you and I should be ready to meet 
—that IS, "To-day"— "Xow." Of all the events 
have taken place since the creation of the world, 
ths formation of man, I look upon the second coming 
of Christ as second to no one. Because it is the wind- 
ing up of one of the most glorious dispensations that 
ever has or will be given to men. It is one to which 
even the most inveterate enemies of Jesus will at last 
have to bow the knee, and confess to the glory of God. 
It is also an event that is much desired to take place 
by those that "love his appearing," for it is to them he 
is going to appear the second time "without sin unto 
salvation." To such en one I believe there will noth- 
ing be lost through the fall. What he lost in Adam 
he will gain in Christ. It will also be the announce- 
ment of one of the most glorious reigns of peace that j 
was ever known or ever will be on the face of this 
earth. "A thousand years" of peace and harmony . — 
His coming will also be the announcement of the end 
beinc nigh at hand of those that would not have him 
"reign over them," — that vfould not "obey 


"For the Lord himself shall descend from 
ens with a shout, with the voice of the archangel : — 
We may notice from this reading tha;t he does not 
come in t le manner he first came — in great humilia- 
tion. But now it is with a shout, with the voice of the 
archangel, and with the trump of God." We notice 
in the ancient mode of warfare it was customary for 

the gos- 
the hea^- 

for the contending armies to make an attack with .. 
shout, and the trumpet was also used upon such occa- 
sions. _ Saith the Revelator, — "And the armies which 
were in heaven followed him upon white horses," Thus 
we behold our Lord coming, (instead of a babe wrapt 
in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger,) upon a white 
horse clothed in a vesture dipped in blood. And h( 
hafch on his vesture, and on his thigh, a name written ; 
"King of kings and Lord of lords." 

Let us now consider and reflect for a n^oment ; im 
agiae ourselves standing with heaven's artillery in full 
view of us; and then all hopes of our delivereace cul 
off from the fact that we h.ave failed to comply with al 
the requisites of the word of God. And now it appears 
before us arrajed with vengeance. No mercy now. — 
Too late. Too late. Our blood soon will help to 
swell the stream that will "flow to the bridle bits of 
the horses." And our bodies seemingly not worthy 
of a burial; the fowls of the air will feast thereon. Oh! 
wretched state indeed of that man that will set at 
naught the counsels of high heaven, and will put off 
his return to God till it is too late. Further aays our 
subject: "The dead m Christ shall be raised first." 
There may be a short interval between the rising of 
the dead in Christ and the time that "we which are 
alive and remain" at his coming "shall be caught up 
to medt the Lord in the air," Here I think we oome 
to the "midnight cry," See Matth. 25 : 6. "And at 
midnight there was a cry made: Behold the Bride- 
groom Cometh: go ye out to meet him." We find that 
from the time the cry was made to the time it was an-, 
nounced the door was shut, (the wise virgins havijif 
entered in) it was of too short duration for the foolish 
virgin to set his house in order, and be ready to go 
out and meet his Lord, For, ?aith the 10th verse, 
"And while they went to buy, the l^ridegroom came; 
and they that were ready went in with him to the mw- 
riage and the door was shut. Hence, then, how great 
the absurdity of him who not long ago was traveling 
among us announcing the Midnight cry as being some- 
thing over twenty years in the past, and the coming oj 
the Lord in the past, thus greatly advertising himselfnot| 
as one of the signs of the "last days:" a false prophet. 

I believe the "happy gate of gospel grace" is not 
yet sliut. But I know not how soon it may be. So 1 
think it would be wise of us to be making good use ol 
"to-day"— "^'ow" "Wfitch ye, stand fast in the faith 
quit you like men, be strong 1 Cor. IG ; 13. 


S'hanon Ills. 

For the Companion. 
Oa ^uata-ew lEI. 

lu this chapter we have "tL-j voice of one crying in tjii 
wilderness; prepare ye the yay of the Lord, and makl 
his paths straight," who 'had his raiment of caraeji 
hair, and a leathern girdle bout his loins, and 11 1 
meat was locusts and wild ey." John kept doWe 
"to men of low estate," — > \ ; ; rictly no suijl 



flultv in either his food or raiment. "Then there went 
out to him Jerusalem, an'l all Jiulca, and all tho ro- 
iiion round about Jordon, and wore baptized of hira in 
Jordan, confossin;^ their sin?." It is 6uppo3cd hy 
some that John's niisiiou was not under t'lo (Jospel, 
but under the Law, to prove the contrary, I wiU refer 
the kind reader to what brother Maik savs on thi:i 
"The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ tho son 
of God ; as it is written in the prophets, Behold, I 
send my messenger before thj face, which shall pre- 
pare tny way before the^ ; &c." The German says • 
"Dies ist der anfang ic."-«27iis is the bcginuiucr &;e ' 
By comparnig our popular Christianity with tho 
taets above, we find a great diOerenco, At John's 
Baptism "Mey went out:" popularly '77<cy come j.-i or 
are carried there:" there it was performed "//» 'jor- 
'*:"*''' ^^^'^ "'" « ^ou,e;' there thev ''confessed th-ir 
»ui9, here they are generally .////. ..s and senseless " 
in matters of reliffiou. ' 


Not all that went out wore baptized, for 'Svhen ho 

saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his 

:ism he said unco them, generation of Vipers 

-. . hath warned you to floe froia tho wrath to come ' 

l>ruig torth thercioro fruits meet for repentance ; and 

think not to say within yourselves, we have Abraham 

t.) our father : for I say unto you, that God is able of 

' stoues to raise up children unto Abraham " 

i was an oft-haud and straight-f.jrwaid preacher 

1. taere was any one wrong he told hira his fault Her" 

od not excepted. He never said, "I dont mean' any-' 

body —♦•I hope there is no one hurt," kc ^-o- 

he preached repentance to rich and poor, hiah and 

low, king and slave. Like Chri.t, "unless ye^epen' 

ye shall al likewise perish." Like Stephen, 'TrS 

necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears vou dn 

always resist the I Ghost; as your fathe s did so 

do you Like Paul, "0 full of all subtilty and aU 

mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of a 

Peter Cartwright, a noted Methodist preacher once 
preached a a certain place,and during his sermon Gen 
Jackson entered. The preacher there re-uladv ffl."' 
atmg secretly advised him "to be eareful °af hlttas 1 
Gen. Jackson;'- to which he replied at th-^ ton ^f ' ' 
voice, "who is Gen. Jackson ? 'if he dont g^t' conv^" 
ted he will be lost as well as any guinea nif^r '"The 
Gen. praised him for his courage remarkin| "if h. had 
a well equipped army with officers sufficient of his tvn^ 
he were able to take Old England." The above s.-c" 

wi.e (. . ) s.t o folks, and as "a word to tho wise ,s 
sunc.ent, turthcp comment seems unnecessary T 
will close abruptly by asking the prayers of the ri^ht 


Cornwall, Pa. 

__., , , J'or the Companion. 

niiAtl.iihc UilinaudTUumaiim. 

This query I noticed in Co7npanion Vol. .5, pa^c 111 
and caused mo to cxarmne the subject with care.° Tho 
querist Tvishesto know what tho Urira and Thummin i^^ 
Ike and what it is composed of. I will try to Eum up 
this in a few words ; but if I should fail I ask pardon 
of my readers and of God. ^ 

In the first place we notice this to bo a brjast-platc 
ot judgment I need not state what material this wa-< 
made of. Lxodus 28 will answer the requirements. 'l 
Avill give an ex-planation of the same kind, providinr 
we should read past a ?entencc found in the IGth vci4 
ot the same chapter. 

'' Four-square it shall be, being doubled a spau."- 
i his would give us to understand something different 
to the Biole. Tne correct way to read it is, "Bcin- 
doubled, a span shall be the length thereof," instead ot' 
a aouble span. 

As I promised to be brief, I will conclude. I do 
not wish my brethren and sisters to think that I wish 
to teach tiiem. But we must go hand in hand to tho 
mark of our high calling in Christ Jesu?. 

c, J r 7 r, ELIJAH BERKEY. 

>^cai2j Level, Pa. 

»•- O -»«MBi 

1o-Day A.VD To-MoRRO«r.— To-day we gath- 
er bright and beautiful flowers— to-mcrrow the v 
are faded and dead. 

To-day a Avreath ofleaves shade us— to-tnur- 
row sear and fallen, they crumble beneath our 

To-day the earth is covered with u carpet ol 
green— to-morrow it is brown with the wither- 

ed grass 

To-day the vigorous stalks only bend beforu 

lnKi^T7^°"?°'™7 "^^^ ^^"^^ '^ taking its 
babbath after the toil." ^ 

Ja''?^^\ZI \^^^«^^eet songsters of meadow 
and forest, the buzz and hum of myriad insects- 
to-morrow-breathe softly— aU nature is hushe(i 
and silent. 

I To-day a stately edifice, complete in finisli 
' and surroundings, attracts the passer by— to- 
mon-ow a heap of ruins mark the site 

To-day there are cattle on a thousand bilk- 
to-morrow they fall in slaughter. 

Tlie fashion of the world passeth away But 
let Christ dwell within us, and though we may 
pass away like the faded leaf and V sai e' 
stalks, we shall "arise to newness of life," 

Whrro evcrlastinc: Spring abulos 
And never wuheriag ilowere. 

We are too 'apt To'reg^^eTy ones Ihc 
much more uncertain than our own. 



t*r ihe Oompamon. 

There is no branch of natural scienco more deserv- 
ing of our study and investigation than that which re- 
lates to light. It unfolds to our view many grand and 
magnificent objects. If air, which servesas too medium of 
Bound and the vehicle of speech, enables us to carry 
oa an interchange of thought and affection with our 
fellow men, how much more extensively is that inter- 
course increased by light, which presents the images of 
our friends and other objects ! We will consider in 
the first place, the light that "rules over the day," 
which is the Sun. 

The sun acts as the vicegerent of the Almighty, who 
has invested in that luminary the power of giving light, 
life, and motion to all the beings susceptible of receiv- 
ing impressions from his radiance. When the Sun's 
rays illumine the eastern sky in summer, after a night 
of darkness and tempest, thei'o is nothing which so 
strikingly displays the beneficial and enlivening effects 
of light. All appears gloom and desolation in our ter- 
restrial abode until a faint light begins to Avhiten the 
eastern horizon. The flowers expand their buds and 
put forth their colors ; the birds awake to melody ; 
man goes forth to his labor ; the sounds of human voi- 
ces are heard, and all appears life and activity as if a 
new world had emerged from the darkness of chaos. 
This splendid luminary whose light embellishes the 
whole of this lower creation, forms the most lively rep- 
resentation of Him who is the source and center of all 
beauty and perfection. "God is a Sun" — the Sun of 
the moral and spiritual universe from whom all the 
emanations of knowledge, love and felicity descend. — 
He dwells in light inaccessible, and full of glory." — 
The glory of God enlightens the Celestial City. Its 
inhabitants are represented as the "Saints in light." 
It is declared that "their sun shall no more go down," 
and that "the Lord God is their everlasting light." — 
When man in his present state of existence, chained 
down "as it were" to his terrestrial mansion here be- 
low, attempts to form conceptions of such amazing 
magnitudes as the magnitude of the vast luminary I 
have been referring you to, the imagination is over- 
powered and bewildered in its boldest e£forts,and gives 
way before it has realized the ten thousandth part of 
the idea which it attempted to grasp. And as such 
things can not be comprehended in this life, it goes to 
show that man is destined to an immortal existence, 
where his faculties will be enlarged and the bounda- 
ries of his vision extended, so as to enable him to take 
a large and comprehensive view of the wonders of the 
universe. The Sun which enlightens our day is but one 
out of c«untles3 millions of similar globes dispersed 
throughout creation, some of wnich may far 
excel it in magnitude and glory. I will say to you, 
dear reader, whether you are young or old, the first 
and main thing for you and me to do is, to examine our 
6elvos,and see if we are ready to face death. If not we 
fthould bo up »ad doing : w« should get into Christ 

who is the light of the world. He that foUoweth Ilim 
shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of 
life, "Seek first the kingdom of God and his right- 
eousness and all these things shall be added unto you.'' 
If that is once done, & wo come to die in that itate, wo 
will be in such a state as to comprehend what I havo 
hinted at above. I will close on this part of the sub- 
ject by saying, what a glorious idea, then, does such 
an object as the Sun present to us of the grandeur of 
the Deity, and the energies of Omnipotence ! There i^ 
no single object within the range of our knowledge 
that affords a more striking and august emblem of its 
Great Creator. 

"Great source of day, best imace here below 
Of tliy Creator ever pouruis: wide. 
From world to world, the vital ocean round, 
On nature write, with every beam, his praise." 

We will consider in the second place the light that 
rules tho night, which is the xMOON. 

Of all tho celestial bodies, the telescopic view of 
the moon presents the most interesting and variegated 
appearance. We perceive as it were a m?p cr model 
of another world, resembling in soqie of its prominent 
features the world in which we dwell, but ditTcring 
from it in many of its minute arrangements. It bears 
a ceitain analogy to tho earth in some of the Moun- 
tains and vales which diversify its surface, and which 
we have reason to believe was created for good and 
wise purposes. For whatever may be the arrangement 
or construction of the moon, we know that it forms a 
most beautiful and beneficial appendage to our globe. 
When the sun has descended below the western horizon, < 
the moon lights up her lamps in the azure firmament, 
and diffuses a mild radiance over the landscape of this 
earth. She pours her lustre on spacious cities and lof- 
ty mountains, glittering on the ocean, the lakes and 
rivers, and opening a prospect wide as the eye can 
reach, which would otherwise be involved in the deep- 
est gloom. She is the beauty of heaven, the glory of 
the Stars, an ornament giving light in the high places 
of the Lord. In the Moon wo behold a display of the 
parental care and beneficence of the Almighty Being 
who ordained "the moon and stars to rule the night" 
as an evidence of bis superabundant goodness, and his 
mercy which endureth forever. 

While the apparent revolution of tho Sun marks out 
the year and the course of the seasons, the revolution 
of the Moon round the heavens marks out our months, 
and by regularly changing its figure at the four quar- 
ters of its course, subdivides the months into periods 
of weeks and thus exhibits to all the nations of tho : 
earth a "watchlight," which every seven days presents 
a form entirely new for marking out the shorter peri- 
ods of duration. I will close my remarks on the sec- 
ond luminary, for probably some of my brethren and 
sisters will think I am writing just to be heard from. | 
I wish to make this statement to all before whom this ji 
may bo placed for perusal : when I contemplate uponffl 
the goodn<^83 and kindness ot my Redeemer, I can not ' 



express it to you in fewer words, to bring t» 
what r wish to present. Thfve are many grnnd and 
magiuficei:t tilings in this our l-)iTer world. We hear 
it paid by some who profess to hare entered the Church 
militant that this world is nothing but trouble and vex- 
ation. Such language I consider unbecoming for any 
Christian professor to utter. Wo must have our intol- 
icctual capacities fixed on such things which will not 
lead to the utterance of such language. We all have 
our cross to bear : let us bear it with christian forti- 
tude, for we have striking evidence of Divine benevo- 
lence, which appears in the construction of the animal 
system, in the constitution of the earth and the waters, 
and the atmosphere, and the variety of beauties and 
sublimities which adorn the face of nature, all of which 
proclaim in language which can scarcely be mistaken, 
that the Creator has a special regard to the happiness 
of his creatures. Yet, the scriptures uniformly declare 
that man has fallen from his primeval state of inno- 
cence and has violated the laws of his Maker, — that 
'*lus heart is deceitful above all things and desperately 
wicked," — ^tind that "destruction and misery are in hi a 
ways."' Obser\ation and oxpei'icnco also demonstrate 
that a moral disease pervades the whole human family 
•om the most savage to the most civilized tribe of 

I will call your attention, to prove the ab<)ve, to the 
United States of America from 1861 to Go. >Ieditate 
for a raomentjdear reader. There are thousands of re- 
flecting minds to day paying silent tribute to ones 
whose remains are beneath the sod of some battle- 
ground. Where is the grand army of the Potomac ? 
Thousands of them paised from time to eternity by the 
hands of their fellow-men. A world inhabited by 
agents as we are, and of the description I hare given, 
would display in physical constitution certain indica- 
tions of its Creator's dispUasure. This is what we 
should naturally expect from a consideration of those 
attributes of his nature with which we are acquainted 
Accordingly we find, that amidst all the evidences of 
benevolence which our globe exhibits, there is not 
wanting certain displays of "the wrath of FleaTen 
against the kingdom and righteousness of men," in or- 
der to arouse them to a sense of their guilt and to in- 
spire thcra with reverence and awe of that Being 
whom they have offended. But to the subject of light. 
Ther» is a subject I wiih to speak of and that is the 
Raixdow. The vivid colors which gild the rising and 
Betting Sun must necessarily differ from tho8« wkich 
adorn its noonday splendor. Variety of atmospheric 
8c«nory will thus necessarily be produced, greater 
than the most lively fancy can well imagine. The 
clouds will sometimes assume the most fantastic form, 
and at other times will be irradiated with beams of 
li^ht or covered with the darkest hu«s will assume a 
lowering aspsct prognostic of tb« thu iden roar and 
ths lightning flash, all in accordance with the different 
rays that a;o reflected to our eyes, or the quantity ab- 
sorbed by tho vapors which float in the atmosphere. — 

Light which embellishes with so much mAgnificence & 
pure and serene sky by means of innumerable bright 
starry orbs which arc spread over it, sometimes in a 
dark and cloudy sky, exhibits an ornament which by 
its pomp, splendor and variety of color*, attracts the 
attention of every ey« that has an opportanity of be- 
holding it. At certain times when there r% h shower 
either aronnd us or at a distance from hs ift am oppo- 
site quarter to that of the sun, a species of arch or now 
is seen in the sky, adorned with all the Here* primary 
colors of light. When we contemplate the works of 
the Supreme Ruler, particularly the scenery of the 
heavens, the mind is irresistibly inspired with senti- 
ments of admiration and wonder, to the vulgar eye as 
well as to the philosophic. Tlie heavens declare the glo- 
ry of God. Their harmony and order evince his wis- 
dom and intelligence ; and the numerous bodies they 
contain, and the astonishing motions they exhibit on 
whatever hypothesis they ara considered, demonstrate 
both to the savage and to the sage the existence of a 
power which no created being can control. In tho 
language of the poet, I will say, 

''View the amazing canopj, 
The wide, the -wonderful expanse ; 

Let each bold infidel agree, 
That God is there, unknown to chance." 

"Let there be light" and light wag. I will affirm 
here, and I think it is in full accordance with the 
truth, that the efflux of light in the dawn of the morn- 
iflg when a rainbow is visible after a dark and cloudy 
night, is even more magnificent and exhilarating thaa 
at the first moment of its creation when the Lord gave 
the commandment. At that moment there were no 
spectators on earth to admire its glorious effects, and 
no objects such as we now behold, to bo embellished 
with its radiance. 

The earth was a shapeless ehaos, whert n» fcoaaty 
01 order could be perceived. The motntains had not 
reared their heads, th« seas were not oollected into 
their channel, bo rivers rolled through tWo valleys, n» 
vcrdurs aiiomed the plains, the atmoiphers was not 
raised on high to rtfleot the radiance, and *o anima- 
ted beings sxifted to diversify and enliven the seene. 
But new when the dawning ef the i«omiii<j ratten 
the darkness of the night, it opens to view a scene of 
beauty and magnificence. The heavens are adorned 
with azuie, the clouds aro tinged with tke most lively 
colors, the mo«nt*ins and plains are olotked with ver- 
dure, and the whole ef thie lower creation ia imyod 
with divei-sified scemes ef benefieenee and grandeur, 
while tke contemplative eye looks round and wonder*. 
Such then are the important ead beneficent effects of 
lighi wliieh every moment diffasee its bletsin^ arounJ 
us. Itence we my sav tke Divine Being is metaphor- 
ically represented under the idea of light as being the 
So«ree of knowledge and felicity to all i«bordinate in 
telligences. "(Jod is hght and' in Him ig lo darkneea 
at all," and he is exhibited as "dwelling m light unip. 
proachablc and full of glory, whom no man hath seen 



or can see. 
!\Iilton : 

I will use the language of the poet 

"Hail, holy light ! offspring of heaven's first born, 

Or of the etsrna', co-eternal beam ! 

May I express thee unblamed ? Since Goi la light, 

And never but in uuapproached light. 

Dwelt from eternity, dwelt then in thee. 

Before the heavens thou wert, and at the voice 

Of God as with a mantle didst invest, 

The rising world of waters dark and deep, 

Won from the void and formless jnfluite." 

I would treat upon the subject of the stars, but suf- 
fice for the time. I will now say, dear reader, if you 
are in Christ Jesus, I am of the opinion that if you 
leave this world in that condition, the time is coming 
when you can continually behold all the magnificent 
sceneries which I have spoken of and probably count- 
less millions more. But if you are outside of the 
pales of the Church, you have no promise, and I am of 
the opinion that as the saint beholds th". beautiful 
sceneries, you will behold the reverse. Let as all so 
live that if our spirits shall wing their way from this 
earthly scene, we may look upon the cross and pass on 
to glorv. Amen. 


Muncie, Ind. 

For the Companion. 
%\too mnnt Yield, mau or God ? 


Your letters are invariably interesting,althougli 
1 can never read them without laceration of 
heart. Were it not for the faint hope of efFect- 
ino- a little good by our correspondence, I could 
not consent to its continuance. The honor of 
the Almighty, the rectitude of his Government, 
and the veracity of his Word, no less than our 
eternal destiny, are involved in the principles 
that underlie the points at issue between us. — 
All you say in relation to your personal difficul- 
ties, which are indeed many and formidable, is 
wholly irrelevant. The principle on which hing- 
es the work of God for us in his Only Begotten, 
anc\ which is the basis of all our activities in a 
saving relation to him, is neither ascertained 
nor supported by our personal history. On the 
contrary, aU that can possibly befall us, or enter 
into our experience, from the dawn of responsi- 
ble life to the grave, must find its adjustment 
by a principle that is universal as the race, and 
immutable as God. Your very isolation is of 
itself sufficient, without further argument, to 
demonstrate your antagonism to the arrange- 
ment of God for our appropriation of the bene- 
fits of redemption. The principle that origma- 

ted all the sects and isms in Christendom, lies ■ 
at the bottom of your individualism. The will 
of Heaven was done by incarnate Deity to pre- 
pare a ground of salvation, and but of him came 
the will of God for us to do, as well as the right- 
eousness of the ivill done. The Theanthropic 
constitution that made the living and dying of 
Jesus available for our righteousness, also gives 
absolute authority to every commandment that 
proceeded from him. His human form was not 
more essential to tlie work he accomplished, 
than the work itself, in it? precise form,, was es- 
sential to the embodiment of the life that was 
the impelling cause of all. Such a life being at 
work, such a form must follow. And while he 
was making atonement, so as to make salvation 
possible, he was at the same time giving pre- 
cepts and commandments as moulds for the life 
we get by faith in his atonement. His vicarious 
sacrifice could not take another form any more 
than Deity could take upon himself the nature 
of angels, and redeem us. No nature above or be- 
neath man would do. The assumption of hu- 
manity was not arbitrary, but an absolute neces- 
sity. And the manifestations peculiar to so 
strange a union between characters so diverse, 
were determined by laws as fixed as any in the 
universe. The same is true of his life in the 
believer. As soon as we repent and believe, 
and are grounded on the basis provided in the 
atonement, the life thus imparted runs into the 
mode of expression prescribed in the Gospel as 
naturally as water descends through the force of 
gravitation. It may be hindered by self-will, 
but meeting with no obstruction, it will unfold 
itself according to the Divine order, as certain- 
ly as the river finds its way to the ocean. And 
if another mode is adopted under the impulse 
which eternal realities beget, no life will flow 
into the mould thus made, save that which is nat; 
ural. The grace of God appears to all men, and 
the sense of deep necessities and urgent wants 
is awakened by the convicting grace of God ; 
but when the peace that follows trust in tie 
atonement is not succeeded by the form of life 
which is the outgrowth of the atonement, our 
faith in Christ wUl be of no more avail than 
faith in Tom Thumb. If man can be recogniz- 
ed, or retain his identity, by clothing himself 
in the form of a tree or elephant, then, and not 
till then, may it be shown that the scheme of 



i« uie oi me <jroa nan cxprossed itself. ' "<7n?j/.- ve all ofif " TUr. .^11 • • V , 

FecMvashinj,, the Wi', Supper, and the Uequir;/ ,f t^do the t^rLSt to'l"' 
Commim.on, you hold as glorious privileco^ the 7«/te- Fm„, H,;7„l,r /• Y, ■ '° ''° 
even gom? so far as to denoromate tlL,"l;!c™ K there .s no es- 

.n,L, ,Ke.,us ,m.. «,i«„.A "</Il^,-„^" ; ?:'bo bold b • hU ^roHeai """f "" 

there is no possibility of rescuing your premises mains, and yet b 'is acceT.L^bfe fo Pn. /"' 

.a '»"-- !i-.-^;-^^.^. the ^^±:^^:i^;i^f^- 

scopo of Its definition. If to neglect what is so 
important as to be properly designated "/A^ 
'nchs/tlicmc^;' of what is above all other 
ngs ynblimer is ^^no sinr then, by parity of 
;ic, sm IS nothing but a myth, and not a syl- 
. une of the Bible has sufficient, authority fo com- 
mand respect, or awaken /ear. If these ordi- 
^ces are sa 'glorious," so exalted as to mer- 
•lie high honor of being entitled "the «^rand. 
themes ofthe sublime plan of salvation," and 
vet their non-obser\rance be 'mo sin," on what 

sane person plead for a principle that stands vi- 
tolly connected with such woful consequences? 
Ihe hberty which you take, were it consistent 
or allowable, and exercised by all inteUiffent 
creatures, would inevitably result in disintegra- 
tion and universal anarchy. God would be as 
impotent m the control of his dominion as if he 
were a creature himself. You have power to 
use your hand as you please, but you lack the 
power to give it the shape of an ox's foot The 
one results from your will, the other from the 

5>nj,cip,ecana..,,'.tra„,g.e™ioa'b'o c^u^^ i:,' SXfal^'rp^aCs^f iif'l'^ if'' ^ '"= 
M disregard to the '-grandest themes'" is v^noT Urn .. 1,^ op-i<'^l'ion=, ot Jiie. The ordinances 

.le Righteousness in which thev have fl n^ IT I ^ ""^""f ^'^ ^^"^^^ '^'^ correctness of 

•-itv. Noon, can rejec the^ 1. r ^"T^^^^ the cheerless 

.laim to b-^ a chr St ail viW n? /'•''•''' f?"'^"'^ ^^""^ ^^' ^^We is the ""grandest "fa 
principle that must W ^r 0^^"^ L^^'^^^^^^^^^^ ^^^^^' -P-^-S that 1 et 
icons.stency, and self-contradictioi of Gor ' from thTp 1 ^^ y^'\^^^onsider the wholeground 

111 ordinances are in themselves lifele.^tiTi^ntn^" '^'""^'^ ''^^ f''^ ''^^ ^^'^"^ thestand- 
:in. nCn;.,; :_:^ ,'^ ^"^^es>, bac 1 pomt ol your personal history, you will not 

question the validifv nfn .;,.^i.. , :,,:... "°^' 

are o Dmno origin, and symbolize tiie 
, ...tual v,tahty of the renewed so d; and asdl 

Tttr "^P""'""' "" — powerless t 

.te the ,„„,/, as we arc to generate the 

.. \ our rejection of the instftutions thit 

™.''"'!!.,'i^ -'.grandest themes in the sublime 

question the validity o7a7„g 'or Una; " Z 
more than jou will the ri.hfeousness and "" 
racity of Jehovah. 


in whatever you engage, pursue it wifl. 
^adinossofnurnf^.n .ncfL?,A^. "^ ^^ '' "' 

le that said ^7 „; ; , >'''"'• "^t»^« ^nd insures yoi, success. ^"^^''^ 

le tnat said, lace the Orclhrenr also requires 

'Rashness isthefruitiul pai-ent of misfortune.'" 


For the Companion. 

The Avord novel has several definitions ; the 
ORG we expect to attack and expose to the best 
of our ability is as follows : "A fictitious tale in 
prose." — Webster. 

As our country is teeming almost to an un- 
limited extent, with such reading matter, and 
as it is sown broad-cast, at a very cheap rate too, 
so that it is within reach of nearly every person, 
and as they are gotten up v>'ith great skill 9Jid 
made very interesting, especially to the young ; 
we believe it to be the duty of all truth-loving 
people to remonstrate in the most earnest terms 
against all such soul-destroying and time-killing 

We read in Psalm 117 : 2 :— "The truth .of 
the Lord endureth forever." Ps. 119 : 30 :~*'I 
have chosen the way of truth ; thy judgments 
have I laid before me." John 7 : 28,^— "And I 
am not come' of myself but he that sent me is 
irtie." John 1 : 9 : — "That is the irwe light that 
lighteth every man that cometh into the world." 
2 Cor. 1 : 18: — "But as God is true our word 
toward you was not yea and nay." Rev. 3- 7: 
"These things, eaith he that is holy, 
he that is true, he that hath the key of 
David, he that openeth und no man shutteth, 
and shutteth and no man openeth." 

From the above and numerous other quota- 
tions, which we might cite, we learn that one of 
the characteristics of God is truth. Then, what- 
ever is in opposition to truth, is in opposition to 
God. And to be in opposition to God is tc be 
m Icaf'ue with the opposite of God, which is sa- 
tan. And as novels are the opposits of truth, 
it follows that thsy must belong to satan and 
and the kingdom of darkness ; and whoever in- 
dul'^es in novel-reading, indulges in that which 
belongs to the kingdom of satan, and encourages 
the practices of said kingdom, and is the m.eans, 
perhaps, of sinking precious souls to the realms 
of darkness. John, the Eevelator, in giving a 
list of those, who are excluded from the Holy 
City, finds the novelist or "whosoever loveth 
and maketh a lie " in that unfortunate Glass.— 
Here, (John 22: 15,) we find the novelist class- 
ed with the dogs, sorcerers, whoremongers, idol- 
aters and murderers; and yet we find many pro- 
fessed christians poreing over novels, who would 
ehudder at the idea of even being seen in com 

pany with participants of either of those abomi- 
nable practices ! And yet, such will undoubted- 
ly be their company in a future fa '"^e of exist- 
ence ; at least they will all be without the City, 
and that not only for a few days, m.onth" or 
years, but forever. 

No one should be willing to spend time en 
such matter, until all that is true is fully explor- 
ed and comprehended. Wg have enough truth 
in Eevelation, Nature, Science and History, to 
occupy the most prolific mind, though it should 
remain on this earth as lo:Eg as M'^th'>"^^l"'h 

Dear reader, are you using your influence to 
counteract this evil 1 If not, let me entreat you 
to do so. 

Parents, what kind of reading matter are 
your children perusing "? Let me entreat you 
as one v^'ho has had the care of many precious 
minds to furnish them with Eomething more 
wholesome than novels. We would suggest, 
that either of our Christian periodicals would be 
a happy change. The yoimg mind is active and 
vigorous, and will not be idle; and if it is nc^ 
furnished with healthy food it will feed upo^ * 
trash, or what is worse — poison. You, who are 
willing to spend five, tein, or fifty dollars for the 
improvement of your stock, and consider it well 
invested, please do as much for the' immortal 


Qranville, Ind. 

For iht Companion. 
SsbbaiSi Seliool. 

I wish to impress on the minds of our bretaien and i 
sisters the beauty and necessity of Sabbath -schools. — ^ 
How beautiful to Ece children array themselves in mod- 
est apparel, on Sabbath morning, and go to Sabbath 
School, there to read, sing, and to irorship the true 
and living God! What is more beautif'il than to ^ 
hear a band of children singing songs and making 
melody in their hearts ! It rominda me of that heai^l 
only choir when God shall gather Im children togeth-I 
or to sing songs to him through the endless ages of| 
eternity. And hoTT needful it is to teach them_ qfj 
God's love and goodness in this benighted age, since 
the surrounding influences of this age are ao apt to call 
them from the paths of virtue and goodness. We can 
be the msanj of storing their minds with scriptural lefr 
sons which are truly noble, and which will never bo e: 
sed fr era their uilnds. Is it not much better to teai 
them lessons from the word of God which will be 
means of strengthening their intellect, dialect and * 


portment in a graceful manner, than to permit them to 
bo loitering over the rielJ^% sporting, fishing anil hunt 
ing, on ".: Lord's Day. I am forced to believe that 
ovT bivthren ami sisters arc too backward in taking 
hold of this great and noble work. Why is it that we 
cannot havo Sabbath schools throughout the brother- 
hood ? which I claim is the working of soul salvation. 
\\q mif^ht all say: What can I do ? Brethren, we all 
hav» smncthing to do. We all have a talent to im- 
]n-ovc, and I think there is no better ])lacc to improve 
it than at Sabbath School. We may be the instru- 
ments of winning souls to Christ. And he sayj, search 
the scriptures for in them yc think ye have eternal 
life, and they are they which testify of me. I know 
no better place to search the scriptures than at Sab- 
bath-school where we can exchange views by asking 
questions which strengthen the mind as well as the 
inner man. I know from experience that it is the 
means of children reading and studying the scriptures. 
I always found it better to study a sabbath-school les- 
son than to be reading some story book. I participa- 
ted in a school last summer, and I know there was 
good done, for \^e taught nothing but the true Word 
of Cod. Some may tittnk this is a new thing, but it 
has been carried on by the brethren in the East for & 
number of years ; and if it is right for them to carry 
on this noble work, it is right for us in Illinois. 

Christ said to the Phaiisecj and Sadducees, ••'Tiunk 
lot to say within yourselves that ye have Abraham 
for your father," and Christ called them a generation 
of viper^. Let us not harbor the thought that if we 
are only members of the Church, we can sit down up- 
on the stool of do-nothing and be saved. 

Look at a report of the Huntington (Ind.) Sabbath 
school carried on six mouths only, and there were 
fifty soul? added to the Body of Christ. 

bear brethren and sisters I entreat you as one that 
feels for sinful mortals, to look at this work as it is. — 
Not with blasphemy and prejudice, for 'tis a matter 
worthy of serious Consideration. If we repudiate or 
condemn this i&stitutiou, we may be the means of keep- 
ing souls from the fold of Christ, and eventually their 
minds will be stored with corruption, cultivating a 
spirit of carnality which is not subject to the laws of 
G J 1, neither indeed can be. liaise your children in 
th.; nurture and admonition of the Ljrd. I have the 
fond hope that the brethren and sisters will establish 
sehcols, for there is danger of our lambs being caught 
in the suara of the sectarians, (and not become brethren 
and sisters,) especially in this vicinity. The sabbath 
school is a grant of the A. M. to which we should be 
subject as professors v? Christianity in its primitive pu- 
rity. "Suffer little children and forbid them not to 
come unto m» for of such is the kingdom of Heaven." 

tVrro Gordo, Ills. 

Who gives of his superfluity does good to others ; 
who gircs of liis necessity does good to himself. 


Piety is demonstrative and enthusiastic, but its real 
power for demonstration and its flaming fire of cnthu 
siasiu arQ its secret, winning attractiveness.^ Piety i'- 
magnetic, not repulsive. Piety loves and is beloved, 
not scorns and is disregarded. Piety goes out, but 
bccter than that, it draws in towards itself those like 
itself, and those who would become like itself. And 
to such piety, be it remembered, Cod always opens 
the way for' the manii'estation of its Divine cflicicncy. 
It accepts its orbit from Cod, and when he t^ays work, 
it pitches its tent, strips its arm bare and begins, lie 
always opens the way. To one he says, "Work here, 
•in tiiis lowly spot, under this shadow, unseen by man ; 
and like the labor of the mother, the reward is found 
in the fingers of her son, lying cold and dead on the 
field, as they clasp the precious Jjible, pointing to the 
precious passage, "Thy rod and Thy staff they com- 
fort me." "Work there," says he to another. "Lay 
foundations. Lay them out of sight. Put them down 
in the depths of the sea. Tile upon them fields of 
gravel and mountains of rock. Toil on. The struc- 
ture will rise ; not in your day, perhaps, but it will go 
up. Your fellows will call you visionary ; no matter 
for that. Let it only be a firm foundation for somo 
pyramid of human beneficence." 

SdKlytlie Itible. 

Life is short and art is long. In the secular sphere 
it is conceded that the powerful minds are those v! 
rigorously confine themselves to one department i 
thought. Xewton cultivated science and neglecte 1 
literature. Kant wrought in the quick-silver mines oi 
metaphysics for fifty years, and was mighty happy iu 
his own work. These made epochs, because they did 
not career over the whole encyclopedia. And tli > 
same is true in the sphere of religion. The giants in 
theology have dared to let many books go unrea 1, 
that they might be profoundly versed in Revelation.— 
And the mighty men in the practical religion, the re- 
formers, the missionaries, the preachers have found in 
the distinctively evangelical elements of Christianity, 
and their application to the soul, enough to employ all 
their powers and enthusiasm. 


Jesus a Hiding Place. — What a, beautiful appella- 

tion is jriven to our Savior ! 

IIow rich and full ui 

meaning! What a strong hold to run to in time of 
trouble I What a refuge wherein to flee as the storms 
of life beat hard upon us ! What a filial confidenec 
does it encourage, mingled with child-like simplicity I 
A little child wearied with its petty cares, runs to 
its fond mother for rest — as trials come too severe to 
endure alone, fears enlarge to its own weakness — how 
soon throbbing heads find a resting place in the moth- 
er's warm embrace I Faint emblem of the Christian's 

The Etost powerful way of teaching truth is to show 
what it has d»ne for you. 



Selected by Joel Yodsq. 
"Standing Idl?." matt. 30 : 3> 

Standing Idle in the market ! 
While the Lord hath work to do ; 
See ! his vineyard needeth tending — 
Room to work for me and you. 

Oh, go forth, 'tis early morning : 
"Work to-day," the Master saith ; 
Train the fragile vines and tendrils — 
Work in patience, vrork in faith. 

Standing idle at the noontide ! 
See the Master draweth nigh : 
Go ye also in my vineyard, 
Work, for yet the sun is high. 

Standing idle ! shades of even 
Gather over hill and plain ; 
Yet go forth, go forth to labor 
While the beams ol day remain. 

Work for all in his great vineyard — 
None too feeble, none too weak ; 
But the Master finds some duty, 
If his blessed work we seek. 

Standing idle ! while one sinner 
Lives to heed a warning voice ; 
If to one afflicted brother 
We can say, "Poor heart, rejoice !" 

Oh, go forth with strong endeavor, 
Now to do your Master's will : 
'Tis to-day he calls his lab'rers ; 
Oh. his carneot work fulfil. 

And when even comei, the Master 
Gives each lab'rcr his reward — 
May we feel the blest assurance. 
That in faith wc served our Lord. 
Gratis, Ohio. 

Selected by Mollie BiLBiiEy. 

'*Mv days are swifter than a weaver's shnt- 
il.e.'' Job 7 : 0. 

My vanished years. 

Oh whither are ye fled ? 
Weak, human tears, 
Oh, wherefore are ye shed ? 

The time must fly. 

Dear friends must pass away ; 
Soon, too, must I 

Depart as well as they. 

Death, dread dtcay. 

Grim darkness and the worm, 
Soon, soon will they 

Demand this mortal foriu. 

Swift as a dream 

My moments i)ass away ; 
Brief my years seem 

As twilight's lateot ray ; 

And briefer still 

Each fleeting day shall seem 
An hour until 

Fades out life's transient dream. 

Why, then, complain 

At any suffering. 
Toil, care, or pain 

Which this short life may bring? 

If there be aught 

Worth ceaseless care to win 
It must be sought 

Beyond this world of sin. 

Beyond the range 

Of earthly toil and strife, 
Beyoud this strange, 

Sad dream that wo call life. 

Treasures worth more 

Than all this world can give 
Are held in store ; 

Seek these, my soul, and live. 
Stidton, III. 


'•Father, <;oiMe home." 

This popular song, v.'hicli has mov- 
ed so many hearts in this country, 
has been received with equal favor 
in Europe, and TJte Stationer gives 
an account of the singing of it in 
[ one of the music-halls ot London. 
There was a stage, with gaudy drop 
scencjorchestra, etc. After vari- 
ous performances this piece was an- 
nounced. The account says : 

"Presently a female came in 
front of the curtain, amidst great 
applause, and commenced, 'Father, 
dear Father,' etc. Every word was 
distinct, and she saug the ballad 
with gx'eat feeling. In order, how- 
ever, to fully describe the scene 
which followed each verse, it is nec- 
essary to give little Mary's song : 

'Father, dear father, come home with me 

The clock in the steeple strikes one ! (Goug.) 
You proraist'd, dear father, that you would 

come home 
As soon as your day'iwork was doue. 
Our fire has gone out — our home is all durk. 
And mother's been watching since tea, 
With poor little Benny so sick in her arms. 
And no one to help her but me. 

Hear the sweet voice of the child, 

Which the night winds repeat as they moan, 

O ! who could resist the most plaintive of 

prayers ? 
Please, father, dear father, come home. 
Come home, come home, come homo, 
Please, father, dear father, come home.' 

"At the conclusion of the last 
line the drop scene drew up, disclos- 
ing the father sitting at the door of 
a public house, in a drunken, be- 
muddled state, with pipe and pot be- 
fore him. Little Mary was trying to 
drag him from his seat, at the s.^.me 
time pointiRg to a curtain behind, 
as she took up the refrain from the 
lady, and touchingly sang, 'Come 
home,' etc. — This other curiain was 
now drawn aside, disclosing a wretch- 
ed room with a sickly-looking boy 
in her lap, and in the act of feeding 
him with a spoon. Simultaneously 
with the drawing of the curtain the 
lime-light was brought to bear upon 
the tableaux, giving them a truly 
startling effect. After a moment or 

two the act-drop came down, and the 
lady proceeded : 

'Father, dear father, come home with me 

The clock in the steeple strikes two ! (Gong, 

The night has grown colder, and Benny is 

And he has been calling for you. 
Indeed he is worse, ma says he will die, 
Perhaps before morning shall dawn, 
And this is the message she sent me to 

bring — 
Come quickly, or he will be gone. 

Hear the sweet voice of the child. 

Which the night winds repeat as they moan, 

O ! -who could resist the most plaintive of 
prayers ? 

Please, father, dear father, come home. 
Come home, come home, come home, 
Please, father, dear father, come home.' 

"The act-drop rises aga'a, and 
now the child has hold of the pewter 
pot, ti'ying to take it from the drun- 
ken parent, and, as she continues 
the last two lines, 'Come home,' etc. 
the other curtain is drawn aside, 
and we next see the child stretched 
out on its mother's lap, and as it 
just raises its little head and falls 
back with a gasp, Avith the lime-light 
reflecting strongly upon it, there 
was a reality about the whole terri- 
ble to view. Sobs were heard from 
all parts of the hall, coming from 
the female portion of the audience, 
while tears trickled down many a 
male cheek. Even the lady who 
sang the song was aifected, and 
could scarcely proceed with the 
third verse : 

'Father, dear lather, come home with; me 

The clock in the steeple strikes three ! 

(Gong, gong, gong.) 
The house is so lonely, the hours are so long, 
For poor weeping mother and me : 
Yes, we are alone — poor Benny is dead, 
And gone with the angels of light ! 
And these were the very last, words that he 

said — 
<'I want to kiss papa— good night ?" 

Hear the sweet voice of the child, 

Which the night winds repeat as they moau. 

O ! who could resist this most plaintive of 
prayers ? 

Please, father, dear father, come home. 
Come home, come home, come home, 
Please, father, dear father, come home. 

"Again the drop arose, disclosing 
little Mary on her knees, appealing 
to her father, who, with pot eleva- 
ted, is in the act of striking her with 
it, as she sings, 'Come home,' and 
then the back curtain draws aside 
showing the mother praying over a 
chihi's coffin. But now the sobs 
burst out still more freely, and two 



females wero carried out fainting. 

T! • was truly harrowing and 

wt ;i^ turned our ejcs away. 

■*An additional verse was sung 
-■oat "Poor r>enny being with the 
angels above. The drop rose ; the 
fatiicr, sober now, is weeping over 
the coffin with the mother, and little 
Mary, on her knees, singing. Home, 
home, father, dear father's come 
home !" At this moment the cur- 
tain was drawn aside, and little 
Benny is suspended over the coffin 
with wings, smiling down upon them 
and pointing upward. The father 
falls forward ">n Iiis face, the act- 
drop, descends, and ^or a few min- 
utes all is hushed save the sobs of 
the females. 

'• 'There !' said a working man by 
our side, as he heaved a sigh of re- 
lief, 'Mr. Spurgeon never preached 
a better sermon than that!' — an e.\- 
pression to which we assented and 
then left the hall." 

A Poor Memory. 

There are various reasons why 
some persons have a poor memory. 
They may have overworked their 
brain, and exhausted the energies 
of the nervous system. A majority 
of the people tax their mind to the 
utmost, and instead of reinvi^'ora- 
ting themselves after exhaustion, 
continue their labors until their sys- 
tems are deranged by excessive 
mental application, and the brain 
loses the power of receivinc or re- 
' -lining the impression ma'de upon 
Many have disriualiaed them- 
ives tor labor by overcharging 
:'ir brains with more than they 
;i do. It requires great pressure 
miud, much firmness and decision 
character for an ardent and en- 
J?iastic person to take rest when 
rk presses upon him, and oppor- 
s for labjr multiply, and fre- 
/ continues ia business till 
.^ness entirely disables him from 
rsuing his calling. 
Inactivity of mind is another 

iitful source of a poor memory. 

il'wevfr strong and vigorous the 

ay be, originally, 'unless ex- 

■, it is like gold and silver 

I away in a napkin, which soon 

-=^ome3 tarnished, though if used 

daily, they would bo bright for 

IrreguKrilty of life is another rea- 
son for poor memory. If persons 
are subject to extremes, sometimes 
getting up early and sometimes late 
in the morning ; if they indulge in 
excesses of any kind, or trifle with 
their organization so as to impair 
its power, they cannot expect to 
have clear ideas on any subject — 
especially a good memory. It is 
important to live systematically and 
methodically if we would wish to 
preserve the brain in a good condi- 

Dissipation spoils the memory. — 
when the nervous syst^jra is over- 
stimulated with alcohol, tobacco, 
opium, or by anything that excites 
the brain, the result is unfortunate. 
It may increase the brilliancy for a 
time, but soon the constitution be- 
comes affected by the over stimula- 
tion, and the mind will be conse- 
quently more dull and obtuse than 

Saving lor Old Age. 

No one denies that it is wise to 
make a provision for old age, but 
we are not all agreed as to the kind 
of provision it is best to lay in. — 
Certainly, we shall want a little 
money, for a destitute old man is 
indeed a sorry sight, and suggests 
to every one the suspicion that his 
life has been foolishly, if not wick- 
edly spent. Yes, save money, by 
all means. But an old man needs 
just that particular kind of strength 
wh:ch young men are most apt to 
waste. Many a foolish young fel- 
low will throw away on a holiday a 
certain amount of nervous energy, 
which he will never feel the want of 
till he is seventy ; and then, how 
much he will want it ! It is curi- 
ous, but true, that a bottle of cham- 
pagne at twenty may intensify the 
rheumatism of three score. It is a 
fact, that overtasking the eyes at 
fourteen may necessitate the use of 
spectacles at forty instead ofei^^hty. 
We advise our young readers to be 
saving of health for their old age, 
for the maxim holds good with re- 
gard to health as to money : waste 
not, want not. It is tho greatest 

mistake to suppose that any volation 
of tho laws of health can escape its 
penalty. Nature forgives no sin, 
no error. She lets off the offender 
for fifty years, sometimes, but she 
catches him at last ; and inflicts the 
punishment just when, just where, 
just how he feels it most. Save 
up foi old ago, but save more than 
money ; save health, save honor, 
save knowledge, save the recollec- 
tion of good deeds, and innocent 
pleasures, save pure thoughts, save 
friends, save love. Save rich stores 
of wealth which time canno* dimin- 
ish, nor death take away. 

A Wor<l to Youug Men. 

Wishing and sighing, imagining 
and dreaming of greatness, said 
William Wirt, will not make you 
great. But cannot a young man 
command his energies ? Read Fos- 
ter on decision of character. This 
book will tell jou what is in your 
power to accomplish. You must 
gird up your loins and go to work 
with all the indomitable energy of 
.l>'apoIeon scaling the Alps. It is 
your duty to make the most of time, 
talents and opportunity. Alfred 
King of England, though he per- 
formed more business than any of 

his subjects, found time to studv. 

Franklin, in the midst of his labors 
had time to dive into the depths of 
philosophy and explore an untrod- 
den path of science. Frederick the 
Great, with an empire at his direc- 
tion, in the midst of war, and on the 
eve of battle, found time to revel in 
the charms of philosophy, and feast 
on the luxury of science. Napo- 
leon, with Europe at his disposal, 
with kings in his antechamber, at 
the head of thouaands of men, --Those 
destinies were suspended on arbitra- 
ry pleasure, found time to converse 
with books. And young men, who 
are confined to labor or business 
even twelve hours a day, may take 
an hour and a half of 'what is left 
for study, and this will amount t) 
two months in the course of the 

<iod hears the heart without the 
words, but He never hoar? the words 
without tho heart. 



The Bible. 

Who composed the following de- 
scription of the Bible we miy never 
know. It was found in Westmin- 
ster Abbey, nameless and dateless. 

A nation would be truly happy 
if it were governed by no other 
laws than those of this blessed book. 

It contains evervthinn; needful to 
bo known or done. 

It gives instruction to a senate, 
authority and direction to a magis- 

It cautions a Avitness, requires an 
impartial verdict of a jury, and 
furnishes the judge with his sen- 

It sets the husband as lord of 
the household, and wife as mistress 
of the table — tells him how to rule, 
and her how to manage. 

It entails honor to parents, and 
enjoins obedience to children. 

It prescribes and limits the sway 
^jf the sovereign, the rule of the ru- 
ler, and the authority of the master 
— commands the subjects to honor, 
and the servants to obey, and the 
blessing and protection of the Al- 
mighty to all that walk by its rule. 

it gives directions for weddings 
and burials. 

It promises food and raiment, and 
limits the use of both. 

It points out a faithful and eter- 
nal guardian to the departmg hus- 
band and father— tells him with 
whom to leave his fatherless chil- 
dren, and whom his widow is to 
trust — and promises a father to the 
lorraer, and a husband to the lat- 

It teaches a man to set his house 
in order and how to make his will ; 
it appoints a dowry for his wife, 
and entails the right of the first 
born and shows how the young 
branches shal! be left. 

It defends the right of all, and 
reveals vengeance to every default- 
ed, over-reacher and trespasser. 

It is the first book, the best book. 

It contains the choicest matter — 
gives the best instiuction — affords 
the greatest pleasure and satisfac- 
tion that we ever enjoyed. 

It contains the best laws and 
most profound mysteries that were 
ever penned ; it brings the best of 

comforts to the inquiring and dis - 

It exhibits life and immortality 
from everlasting, and shows the 
way of glory. 

It is a brief recital cf all that is 
to come. 

It settles all matters in debate, 
resolves all doubts, and eases the 
mind and conscience of all their 

It reveals the only living and 
true God, and shows the wa}'- to 
llim, and sets aside all other gods, 
and describes the vanity of them, 
and all that trust in such ; in short 
it is a book of lav.'s to show right 
and wrong ; a book of wisdom that 
condemns all folly and makes the 
foolish viise ; a book of truth that 
detects all lies and comforts all er- 
rors ; and a book of life, that shows 
the way from everlasting death. 

It contains the most ancient an- 
tiquities, strange events, wonderful 
occurrences, heroic deeds, unparal- 
leled wars. 

It describes the celestial, ttsrres- 
tial and iniernal worlds, and the or- 
igin of the angelic myriads, liuman 
tribes and devilidh legions. 

It will Instruct the accomplish- 
ed mechanic and most profound 

It is the best covenant that ever 
was agreed on ; the best deed that 
ever was sealed ; the best evidence 
that ever was produced ; the best 
will that ever was signed. 

To understand it, is to be wise 
indeed ; to be ignorant of it, is to 
be destitute of wisdom. 

It is the king's best copy, the 
magistrate's best rule, the house- 
wife's best guide, the servant's best 
directory, and the youn>i man's 
be«t companion ; it is the school- 
boy's spelling book and the learned 
man's masterpiece. 

It contains a choice grammar for 
a novice and a profound mystery 
for a sage. 

It is the ignorant man's dictiona- 
ry, and the wise man's directory ._ 

It affords knowledge of witty in- 
ventions for the humorous, and 
dark sayings for the grave, and is 
it» own interpreter. 

It encourages the wise, the war- 

rior, the swift, the overcomer , and 
promises an eternal reward to the 
excellent, the conquerer, the win- 
ner, and the prevalent. And that 
which crowns all is, that the author 
is without partiality, and without 

"In whom there is no variable- 
ness or shadow of turning." 

Good Rules for All. — Profane 
swearing is abominable. Vulgar 
language is disgusting. Loud laugh- 
ing is impolite. Inquisitiveness is 
offensive. Tattling is mean. Tell 
ing lies is contemptible. Slander- 
ing is devilish. Ignorance is dis- 
graceful, and laziness is shameful. 
Avoid all the above vices, and aim 
at usefulness. This is the road in 
which to become respectable. Walk 
in it. Never be ashamed of honest 
labor. Pride is a curse — a hateful 
vice. Never act the hypocrite. — 
Speak the truth at all times. Never 
be discouraged, but persevere, and 
mountains will become mole hills. 

The Difference. — The young la 
dy who rises early, rolls up her 
sleeves, and <valks into the kitchen 
to get bieakfast, or assist in doing 
so, and afterwards, with cheerful- 
ness and sunny smiles, puts the 
house in order without the assist- 
ance of her mother, is worth a thous- 
and parlor beauties, who, from want 
of exercise, almost die of laziness. 
The former will make a good wife, 
and render homo a paradise ; the 
latter is a useless piece of furniture, 
and vfill, to the annoyance of the 
household go whining to her grave. 

In matters of great concern, and 
which must be done, there is no sur- 
er argument of a weak mind than 
irresolution -=— to be undetermined 
where the case is so plain, and the 
necessity so urgent ; to be always 
intending to lead a new life, but 

never to find time to set about it. 


If the Spring put forth no b los 
soms, in the Summer the ro will be 
no beauty, and in Autumn no fruit. 
So, if youth bo thrown away with- 
out any improvement, riper year^ 
will be conteisptible, and old age|| 




Christian Family Companiou. 

T/r<»-e City, Pa., Murcfc^lO, 1869. 

TIjc way to our next Auuunl Meet- 
in r. 

It is desired that some of 
our brethren in Virginia give 
the best route to the place of 
next Annual Meeting, from 
Harrisburg. Whether by way 
of Baltimore, Washington, tlicc., 
or IIagcrsto^^^^, Winchester, 
Sec. Wo want the best route by 
railroad. We wish, also, an 
outline of a route for privatq 
conveyance from Blair, Hun- 
tingdon, Bedford, and Somerset 
counties, by way of Cumber- 
land or vicinity. Invitations 
and directions from brethren 
along such route or routes, are 
now in order. The editor of 
the Compnnwn contemplates 
going in tliat way, passing 
through Somerset county, pro- 
viding we can get a traveling 
companion. We want a prcacli- 
er by all means, and prefer one 
who would be willing to do 
more than the half of the labor. 
One who has a horse and bug- 
gy of his own would supply a 

want in that line. We would 
be wiling to start by the raid- 

''^ of April, and therefore we 
:')uld have an early response. 
( ):her brethren contemplate go- 
ing in the same way and have 
an interest in ihe above. 

The meetings were all well at- 
tended, and good order observ- 
ed, and a diH^p interest mani- 
fested by the members and the 
conirrecration. The Brethren 
have a good place lor mcetmg 
right in the town of Conemaugh, 
havincr an interest in a union 

Meeting at Conemnngh. 

On Saturday evening, 6th 
stant, the Brethren at Conc- 
lugh, Cambria, Co., Pa., com- 

I'^nced a series of meetings, — 

' !der Grabill Myers and our- 
If assisted them in the 

ork. Meeting on Satur- 
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Tobacco. Wc have no doubt that some 
persons have quit the Cori^^iamon just be- 
cause we have taken a stand against the use 
of tobacco, others have forsaken us be- 
cause we have advocated reform in other 
things. So it goes. Not every mcraber that 
is received into the Church can be retained. 
Some soon get tired of such a pious life, and 
would rather go back to the world, where 
their hearts are. That is not the fault of the 
church. Because persons come into the 
church who love to do evil is no argument 
that the church should tolerate that evil. So 
wc occasionally get upon our list a person 

whose desires for tobacco are stronger than 
his desires for religious knowledge ; and of 
course what he loves most he will keep 

We are not so radical upon the tobacco 
question. We think nobody ought to be 
compelled to quit using it, and especially not 
if he can be persuaded to do so. But we 
think evcry-body can quit it, and every one 
that has not used it over fifty years ought to 
quit it ; every poor man, and every one who 
is in feeble health, o^ujM by all means to quit 
it. Every brother of the Church, who loves 
his bro'.hcr as himtelf, ought above all oth- 
ers, abstain from the use of tobacco. Oth- 
ers need not be so particular, but we who 
kiss each other ought surely manifest love 
enough to divest ourselves of everything that 
is offensive to our brother, and especially 
when it is at the same time injurious to our- 
selves — or at least unnecessary. Above all 
others the Brethren ought to discard tobac- 
co. Our religion would appear to demand 
it. We ought to be cleanly, and we ought to 
avoid superfluity. 

We have said nothing about the sisters 
using tobacco, and would not if we did not 
fear that we might be accused for partiality, 
if by no one else by our own reflections. — 
Our sisters ought not to use tobacco by any 
means. We are willing to bear with our old 
mothers, if they can't quit it, but any j-oung 
woman who will use tobacco after reading 
this admonition really depreciates her char- 
acter in our estimation. 

"How are you to quit It ?" Easy enough. 
We'll tell you how we did it. Humiliating 
as it is, we confess that we chewed tobacco 
for fourteen years. Being diseased, as we 
think, beyond the reach of the medical aid 
of man, we began to pray the Lord to inter- 
pose his power and heal us. Yfc received in 
reply a suggestion that if we would cease to 
violate the laws of health it might be so. — 
The use of tobacco was suggested to be one 
of those violations. We assented, and ac- 
cordingly dusted our pockets, rinsed our 
mouth, and said : "'By the grace of God I 
will use no more tobacco." We prayed the 
Lord to help us carry out our resolution, and 
he did. To-day we have no more desire 
for a chew of tobacco than wc have 
for a dose of salts. We quit it because we 
thought it was a sin to us. Our health is cer- 
tainly better than when we used the weed. — 
Besides we have a clear conscience, which is 
no small consideration. 

We rejoice to learn as we travel among 
our brethren, that our efforts arc not in vain. 
Many of our dear brethren have told us that 
they have yielded to our persuasions and 
now rejeicc in being freed from the bondage 
of tobacco. Brethren, and especially all 
young brethren, wc entreat you to heed our 
advice. Do quit it right now. Just say "I 
wiLi- ;" and you will be surprised to find 
how much relief you will feci. Then be an 

hrnest man, keep your word sacred, and you 
will never regret it. Adopt every measure 
that leads to health, freedom, purity and hap- 
jAticss. If you have not yet adopted this 
rule, do it right now, and commence at once 
to carry it out. 


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Northern district of Indiana, March 35th, 
in Union Centre congregation, 7 miles south- 
west of Goshen. 

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near Plattsburg, Mo. 

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lick branch, Somerset Co., Pa. 

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day before second Sunday in April, in Frank- 
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of Myerstown Station, Cth of May. 

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bour Co., April 30th. 

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Valley congregation, first Tuesday after 

Second district of Virginia, 7th and 8tli of 
May, in Beaver Creek meeting-house. 

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The district meeting for the East-t 
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the Lord willing, in the Eolivar 
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Bolivar, 9 imiles south of Masilon on 
the Pittsburg and Ft. Wayne R. 11. 
on the sec ^nd Tuesday before Whit 
Sunday, being the 4th day of May 
next. j 

Any ono desiring information will 
address Elder Conrad Kaylor, at 
Bolivar, or Elder John L. Swihart 
at Richville, Stark Co. Ohio. 

John Hunsaker. 

Western Maryland l>lstrict Meet- 

The District meeting for the Wes- 
tern District of Maryland will be 
held, God willing, on the 13th daj 
of April, at the Broad Fording 
meeting-bouse, 6 rnlles west of iia' 
gerstown, Md. 

CnrvisTiAN Keeper. 

Brother Reuben Young, Camden 
Ind., says: "Some of the brethrei 
plead poverty ; and at the same tim 




are taking a political paper. Some 
r«fii-o to subscribe on the ground 
that it ii paying for pre«ohing. I 
■ ink it wouKl be better to pay for 
this kind of preaching and then put 
it into practice, ttian to read politi- 
cal papers, anil have worldly affairs 
their main topic of conversation, not 
only at home, but even at meelinj;. 
It seems strange that some brethren 
will refuse to take the Companion 
and Visitor because there are ex- 
pressions and sentimcnta in them 
that ought not to be, and at the 
same time be taking a strong Dem- 
ocratic or Republican paper. It 
always seems to me that what we 
like the best we pay the most atten- 
tion to." 

Cedah Creek Braxcii ) 
March Ist. 1869. f 

Brother Henry]: — Perhaps a little 
church news will not be amiss to 
you ; and if you think that it will be 
of any interest to the readers of the 
Companion you may publish it. 

The brethren of the Cedar Creek 
branch met in council on the 20th 
of February. Though the day was 
stormy, still the meeting was well 
represented. Our speakers have a 
large territory to travel over and as 
there is a great demand for preach- 
ing the gospel in its primitive puri- 
ty. The brethren concluded to have 
four regular places lor preaching ; 
and as there are but four speakeis 
in our branch, and two of them 
young in the ministry, there will be 
two of them to fulfil the appoint- 
ments for one month, and then they 
rre off for one month ; then the oth- 
er two take their places for a month; 
and thus you can see that the two 
that are off can preach the word in 
destitute places, and thus spread 
the gospel where it is seldom preach- 
ed and then only in part. 

I often hear the ministers tell 
their members to be obedient to the 
commands and testify to the love of 
rJoJ ; but 90 far so good. But is 
that all that is commanded of men ? 
Dc t!iey not know that nothing 
short of strict obedience to the gos- 
pel will ever gain a home in hearen 
for them ? Well I would say to 
them that aro outside of the Church 

of the true and living God, be obe- 
dient to the commandincnts. If 
they should appear simple to you, 
remember they are the command- 
ments of God and must be obeyed 
by you if 3'ou expect to be happy. 
Perry Ind. 

Brother flohingcr : — While read- 
ing Companion, No. 8, I noticed an 
article selected by sister Snowber- 
ger, treating on the evil of using 
tobacco in church, whicli I thought 
was very suitable, and I take this 
method of thanki 02 sister Snowber- 
ger for clipping said article from 
the paper and having it published in 
the Companion. Hope it may do 
c-ood. I do think that some of our 
brethren are guilty of using too 
much tobacco while at church, saj- 
injr nothing outside of the house of 
worship. A hint to the wise should 
be sulScient. 


Johnttown, Pa. 

"Idle Words." 

Brother HoJsinjcr : — Some of the 
brethren have given us several inter- 
estino; articles on "Bip' Words." — 
Will some of them be so good as to 
give U3 one on Idle Words ? Such 
for instance as "Good La's ; My 
Mercy ; Good (iracious ;" and oth- 
ers of the same class. All of which 
in my opinion are substitutes for 
more profane words. Our Lord has 
given us a text which would be a 
good foundation for such an article. 

Sister Catharine Bolinger, Mar- 
maton, Kansas, under date of Feb. 
28th writes : "I would like to have 
it (the Companion') for we do not 
have much preaching here. We 
have not had any preaching since 
the last of September when breth- 
ren Enoch Eby and Daniel Dear- 
dorff were here and preached for us, 
and also baptized tsyo candidates 
for baptism. Now you have an 
idea of how^ lonesome one gets with- 
out preaching." 

Brethren, here is a field for gos- 
pel labor and gospel laborers. 

Dear Brother Henry : — In ray 
article of "Church news," some time 
ago, 1 made an error unhnowinijly. 
I should have stated that brethren 
.lonas 11 alley of Montgomery Co., 
and Jacob Booz of Buck'? Co. were 
also with us at two of our meetings, 
who also labored to sustain tho 
cause of our Savior, and to encour- 
age us on our tvay Zionward. 

Yours in love. 


lAncoln, Pa. 


In reviewing the Companion, I 
find, on pages 70 and 100, present 
volume, an article concerning .John 
the Baptist and the Prophet Elijah, 
intimating that they were the same 
person. Was not Elijah the proph 
et born of a woman, and had a nat- 
ural body and a soul ? And was 
not John the Baptist born of a wo- 
man and had a natural body and a 
soul ? The question is : Will they 
sit in the kingdom of God with one 
soul, or will they each one have a 
soul ? Will brother Crosswait an- 
swer ? 


Conemaugh, Pa. 


Change of'Ad<Iress. 

The address of brother Abraham 

Sell will hereafter be Hamilton, 

Caldwell Co., Missouri, instead of 

Kingston, Mo. 

i> I E iV. 

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Departed this life, February 13th, brother 
SAMUEL MILLER jr., sou of brother Sam'I. 
Miller, sr., iu the Upper Cumberlaud Dis- 
trict, Cumberland Co. Pa., aged 2'J years, ?, 
months, and 22 days. 

Brother Samuel Miller like many other* 
delayed the day of crace to a late hour, -which 
he regretted much on his sick-bed. By hi? 
earnest request he was taken from his bed 
carried to the water and baptized, about two 
weeks before he di«d. Shortly before he 
died, he iolemnly warned his brethren and 
sister and former associates not to delay 
their day of grace as he had done, but to bo- 
come reconciled to God iu the days of their 
health. lie then gave directions concerning 
his funeral, chose the text from which his 
funeral sermon should be preached itc, and 
fell asleep. Funeral services by brother 
Daniel Hollinger and the writer, from Kom. 
C : 12, 13. 

Daniel Eckermas. 
VitUor pleago copy. 



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M. KNAPP, wife of Martin Knapp, and 
dauijhter of Brother Emanuel, and Sister 
M«ry Fike. Acred 19 years, 11 montli?, and 
24 days. Funeral services l)y the writer and 
John Allison of the River Brethrea Church. 
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Number 12. 

Coming late toSIeotliiS' 


,,., j^, ..,.„,,.. ... .. jour powci- 

To be In court at the nppoiiued hour? 
cv.'- .....1. . . -ntion to ft worm l>e giren, 
ed to the God of UeaTeu \ 
to be bj Jesuj blest, 
1.' .boeui ■K-;iiii he comes to meet his guMt T 

Mv brethren, iU5s would nerer be the case, 
: 1^ e were lively iu the cbiiitian ; 
T''!\ every hindrance would bo laid asid-e, 
To see aad hear •!' Jmus cruciQeJ. 

If »m (•o>"p'»'r! yon hare la far to come, 
1 your home ; 
bj have no e(ca*e, 
.^_. .. I --. . . .1 P; or use. » 

A little lesi iadalgence in the bed — 
A rii'w •. ,v^ (T ;-w-aBce in the head— 
3 iu the mind — 
. Tour bein»8« behind. 

Iterant— ",'. »eea t» be «^er» — 

There arr here ar. 1 there : 

Al", i!'.-.;ess, .-erNl^e, thin; - 
Te e.L.-ure which I sure.; . 

.ule»8 I ^i'CiUj cri- — 
rtry oft occur ; 
. i^cT ut>, you 8Bre)^ ebould endearor 
latt ; 'tis baiter Ute thau nerer. 

For l/u Companion. 
"He that cndureih to ihe end shall bo saved." 

We could not receive that as good fruit ^Yhich 

^1^1 not outlast the time of maturity ; neither 

HK.we nominate that as Christian endurance 

^^Rc^docs not survive the season ofjtrial. Tliat 

^B^e* endurance whicli brings us to do the 

■»IiU not\Tithstauding any circumstances. It is 

>> iittcn on thtf pages of Divine revelation that 

the Chi'istian's' trials are not giea^er than the 

ability to bear thom. If we cannot 'hold fast 

the profession oiour faith in anj/ trial, and in 

eceri/ temptation, there need be given no better 

evidence that we' are not in the ^element we 

ihould be, and not in the relation to Christ that 

we shoidd be. And though our temptations are 

none other than "sucli as are common t» man," 

,.,.t -n^.i T-, r.i^hful," and v,''i - suffer us t« 

. lore that V. i be able to 

^ or ' Pow wise tiie arrangement 

|,.aich th^ .x.^..,;se has mad« ! No more than wc 
arfi able to bijar! Yes, if wo hold our integtity 
with God, and stand up in lis cause as we oughtf 

we are his, and we look to him, and he will 
care for his own alway. O rejoice, ye who are 
tempted for "the Word's sake," rejoice, for ye 
suffer in a noble cause. 

Personal Christianity does not consist iw talk- 
ing ©f Christ and making a profession his of 
name ; but in obeying and foUoicing him "whitli- 
ersoever he goeth." We may be necessitated 
to go quite far down the valley of humiliation, 
and deny ourselves of many things near and 
"pleasant" to us; but "the Spirit and the 
Bride say, Come ; " and it is not only our prertg- 
ative to come^but our needful and imperative 
duty to.waJh n\ the foot-marks of Jesus. As 
soon as vve find that we are walking in the way 
ot the perversion of the word of God, or in the 
broad road of disobedience, the best thought w« 
can possibly conceive, is, to leave the ways of 
perversion and disobedience ; and the best act 
that wc can perform, is, to take the right way, 
and walk in it, Jesus has uttered these words 
and they are written : "I am tue 
wc should follow in Spirit a 
mising with no temptation, but p; 
for "the prize," and" he that endiiSreth to the enr 
shall be'saved." 

To accomplish this, will require no little 
gy and determination of soul, for Jesus 
many who follow him in the calm of Chris: 
feasting and enjoyment, but flee from him a 
'approach of the storm. Nerve and genuine r" 
jolution are essential to enable us to endure to 
the end. We must overcome, for if we he over- 
come," the victory is not ours. The world is 
wicked; the enemies of Jesus are carrying ©n 
their work of destruction all around us; the 
most expert in all the legions of the ruler of 
darkness are placed in mysterious ambush on 
cither side of our pathway; and the fuming 
bolhbs of Apoilyon's works are roaring and ex- 
ploding over and in the rear of the army, of the 
Lord, N^ot a few of those wHoin we deemed as 
tlie chosen of God, have fallen victims to the 
destroying elements around us. But I am of the 
opinion that in all tke regions of Apoilyon's tm- 


ssing forwai 



pire, there is no power to destroy, or hurt, or I 
harm them that are followers of good. 1 Peter 
3: 13. "The eyes of the Lord are over the 
righteous," and "the face ot the Lord is against 
them that do evil." Sseing that we have like 
promises as those of our spiritual relations who 
have passed on before us, let us take courage, ye 
that love the Lord, and hasten onward, strivinjr 
with true Christian endurance to "fight the good 
fight of faith." 

"He that endureth." This suggests the idea 
that there is something to be endured. Man's 
return and entrance into Eden will not be found 
so easy as it was to come out. Man is fallen ; 
and to regain his exalted primeval position re- 
quires no meagre effort, and no "inch of time ;" 
but it does require a riveted confidence in, and 
an earnest grasp of the L^nseen Hand, and a. full 
resignation of the icliole of life to the will and 
service of God. Many temptations can be avoid- 
ed ; and if we feel the real import of the words, 
"Lead us not into temptation," ws will avoid 
many a temptation. Asking our Heavenly 
Father that he would not suffer us to be led in- 
to temptation, would imply that we have fears 
of temptations, and that we have an eager de- 
sire to avoid all that is possible. Our tempta- 
tions are presented in divers forms : sometimes in 
the form of trial ; at other times, of persecution; 
and again, of sore affliction. The causes of these 
may be natural or spiritual. The natural are 
more easily detected than the spiritual. The 
enemy of our profession is wonderfully shrewd, 
and cunning, and skillful. By his artful seduc- 
tions, he has succeeded in taking many from 
their posts. His attacks are numerous and va- 
rious. Do not presume, O ye who have risen 
with Christ from the baptismal grave, that the 
true and faithful followers of Jesus shall be 

'■* * * * carried to the skies 
On floTfery beds of ease." 

If our crown in this life be a "crown of thorns," 
we know that so it shall not always be. Chris- 
tian endurance will enable us to endure all 
things, "esteeming the reproach of Christ great- 
er riches than the treasures in Egypt." "He 
that endureth" temptation, as gold does the re- 
finer's fire, shall lose nothing but what the gold 
does, namely, the dross. In the most severe 
and trying temptations, the believer will have 
consolations, for he knows that his sufferings 

will have an end, and that, "he that endureth 
to the end shall he saved. And as these things 
are not everlasting, they shall not be so distress- 
ing, but what we sliall be able to bear them, 
and endure them to the end. 1 Cor. 10: 13. — 
What a commingling of bitter and sweet! The 
bitter to make us better, the sweet to give us a 
foretaste of joys unrevealed. "Who would not 
put the world in his rear, and set his face to- 
ward Zion, for the joys held in reservation for 
the believer "that endureth to the endl" Tri- 
als here, joys hereafter. But we need now to 
watch and pray: we need to run with patience. 
Go on, faithful one, go on, for your "crown of 
thorns" shall be exchanged for "a crown ofright- 

Tyrone City, Pa. 


For tlie Companion. 
Thongbts by the Wayside. 

"Two things well considered would often 
prevent confusion and strife ; first, to have it 
well ascertained whether we are not disputing 
about terms rather than things ; and, setondly, 
to examine whether that which we differ in is 
worth contending about." 

To write for the press now-a-days, to submit 
an article to the glare of public scrutiny, to bs 
read and commented upoK. by an enlightened 
and intelligent people, when the critic's eye is 
ever open to detect an error, however minute, 
and the fault-finder is ever on the alert to super- 
induce, if possible, confusion and controversy, is 
indeed hazarding a great deal. 

It has been said, and perhaps truthfully too, 
that "the pen is mightier than the sword ;" and 
certain it is that he or she who wields the 
weapon skillfully for challenge or defence does 
accomplish much for weal or for woe. 

And if this small and silent instrument of de- 
struction, that is so easily handled can become 
"mightier through God, to the pulling down of 
the strongholds of Satan," let those who employ 
it for a righteous purpose use it valiantly. And 
if there is a certain prospect of becoming victo- 
rious in the struggle for right through its aid 
and influence, the position should never be re- 
signed until the battle is nobly fought and the 
victory fairly won, when the whole christian ar- 
mer will perhaps be laid aside together by the 
order of our greater Commander. 



In writing 

ns in fighting, there is always a 
design and "merit has its own reward." In all 
cases, causes must precede effects ; and in order 
to obviate the latter, the former must of necessi- 
ty be removed. It becomes us at all times to 
be careful not to mistake rashness for "zeal in a 
good cause," lost in our undue haste to overtake 
and subdue the prejudices of an enemy, wc may 
blunder over and seriously wound the feelings 
of a friend. When we take an understanding 
view of the whole m^ttter, comparing probabili- 
ties with results, and calculate the amount of 
evil tliat is Avrought in this way by the pen, as 
well as the press, by those even who profess to 
be the heirs of heaven and immortal glory, we 
feel like burying our one talent deep downi in 
the depths of obscurity ; but silence and inactiv- 
ity will excuse no one. "Occupy until I come," 
ia the injunction of our king. Exercise and im- 
provement are enjoined upon all who engage in 
the Master's service. AVe are just as accounta- 
ble for thinking and speaking as we are amena- 
ble for writing, and will have to render a strict 
account of all that we have, and all that we are, 
in that "great day for which all other days were 
' made." 

I The silent language of the pen, as it speaks in 
1 unheard accents to the heart, and moves unseen 
upon the troubled waters of conscience, often re- 
minds us. by its measured process in its steady, 
onward course, of the effects produced by the 
' tiny pebble that was chosen from the brook by 
the shepherd boy who kept his father's flocks in 
['Bethlehem, to slay the mighty giant; and of 
i Sampson's folly too, in yielding in an unhappy 
hour to the solicitations of a designing woman. 
Thus he became shorn of his strength in man- 
hood's prime and was forever after blind. AVhilc 
we pity the weakness of tlie stronger, we ad- 
mire the determined will of the weaker one, and 
iesire to imitate his example, to remain undaunt- 
?d by threats and oppositions, until, like David, 
■.ve have accomplished the word that is given us 
o do. And when that Savior who was born of 
"^ xvid's line, "shall appear tlie second time with- 
sin unto salvation," "that we may also ap- 
ir with him in glory," is the prayer of the 

]ValniU Bottom, Pa. 

M. J. C. ECKEll. 

Idlencsa ia the key to beggary. 

"I^ve not the world, " says the Beloved Dis- 
ciple. Pride, Vanity, and Sell-gratification, arc 
elements or "rudiments of the world," to which 
the disciple of Jesus must become dead, for 
the things of the world are at enmity with the 
things of God. From Paul's letter to the breth- 
ren at Colossc ( II. 8 and 20, ) it is evident that 
Paul, the missionary to the Gentiles, not only 
believed, but taught the contrariety of the rudi- 
ments of the world and the principles of Christ. 
He taught that to follow the world was to for- 
sake Christ. Blessed is he that standeth. — 2E 

Christian believers should be quick to hear 
the counsel of brethren, and should allow it 
great weight. He who tosses his head and sets 
himself up as an independent thinker, and 
boasts that he has no master, will usually turn 
out a heretic in doctrine and schismatic in prac- 
tice. And since every true Christian loves to 
be guided by his brethren, it follows of cou rse 
that " the brethren" should give their counsel 
freely, and responsibly to any brother that asks 
it. "Yea-all of you he subject one to another.'' — 
\st. Ep. of Peter v. 5, 


If you love, love more. It' you Late, hate less. — 
Life is too short to spend iu hatuig any one. Why war 
against a mortal vfho is going the same road with you ? 
Wiiynot expand the flower of life and happiness by 
learning to love ? Your hands may be hard, but 
your heart need not be. Your form may be bent or 
ugly, but do you nat know that the most beautiful 
flowers often grow in the most rugged, unsheltered 
places ? The place, the home of love. Not that there 
ia no love in the mansion, but somehow if wc are not 
very careful, business will crowd all there is of beauty 
out of the heart. This is why God has giren us Sab- 
baths and Saturday nights, that we may leave business 
in the ofiico and have a heart cleanins. 


_ TiiE Tkst of Love.— "I do love God," said a little 
girl to her papa one day, when he had been talkinf^ to 
her about loving (Jod. "Perhaps you think so." — 
"Oh, I do, indeed I do, papa." "Suppose, my child, 
you should come to me, and say, "Dear papa, I do 
love you," an<l then go away and disobey me— could 
I believe you ?" "Iso, papa." "Well, dear, how can 
I believe that you love God, when I see you evcrv 
day doing those things which he forbids ? 
the Bible says, "If yc love mo keep my 

You know 


As the worst of my sins are pardonable by Christ, 
BO are the best of my duties damnable -without him. 



Fbr l/ie Companion. 
The ITatural! Man. 

"Bnt the natural man veceiTcth not the things of the Spirit of 
G»d : far tkey f»»llshnes» unto him : neither c»u he know thorn bc- 
c^ose they are spiritually discerned." 1 Cor. 3 : 14. 

Since there seems to be a diversity of opinion «oii- 
cerniog the above text, we will try to give ^-hat vrs 
understand to be a true scriptural defxtiition of the 
t«rm "natural man." What idea does the apostle wish 
to convey by tlm term ? Evidently his "natural man" 
is a character just the reverse of the one whom he calls 
•piritual, in Terse 15. This we would infer from the 
construction of the language. The subject is contin- 
med by using the disjunctive conjunction "but ;" this 
conjunction, grammarians tell us, continaes a subject 
by expressing opposition of meaning. According to 
the use of language, then, a natural man must be just 
the opposite of a spiritual man. 

The apostle, in addressing weak believers, or those 
who had made little advancement in Christianity, aays : 
"And I, bretkren, could not speak unto you, as unto 
spiritual, but as unto carnal, as unto babes in Christ. 
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat ; for ye 
wore not yet able to bear it ; nay, nor even now are 
ye yet able. For ye are yet carnal ; for whereas there 
is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye 
not carnal, and do ye not walk as men ?" 

It must then be a person who has made considerable 
progress in the Divine life ; who walks not after the 
flesh but after the Spirit ; whose Ufa is hid with Christ 
in God, that properly is entitled to the appellation of 

The opposite then being true with regard to the nat- 
ural man, he must be one who hag advanced in the 
science of nature. That the apostle does not select 
his "natural man " from among those who are in a 
rude state of nature, whose faculties have not been 
cultivated by learning and study, and polishe^l by an 
intercourse with society, as som« seem to think, we be- 
lieve can be made plain. 

There are three stat«s or conditions in which a per- 
son may b» placed. First, a state of nature. Frois. 
this he may rise or fall. He whose mental or physi- 
cal faculties have not been distorted by vice, or purifi- 
ed by grace, properly occupies the former. Such may, 
and many do, indeed, possess many amiable and noble 
qualities ; fco prove which we need but refer to some 
whose names sliine brightly on the pages of history. — 
One of these names, a name which every true-hearted 
American delighteth to honor, is that of Washington. 
We are aware that many award to him a lugh position 
in the Christian ranks, but as the weapons of his war- 
fare were not such as Paul tells us belong to the Chris- 
tian armament, we dare not assign him such a place. 
But his many noble and excellent qualities, his pure 
patriotism, his fatherly care for his soldiers, his inde- 
fatigable labors, all preserve for him an enduring mon- 
ument in the hearts of his countrymen. There are 
others whose characters are perhaps equally as beauti- 
ful, and whom we cannot think of but with respect and 

admiration, such as Cyrus, that wonderful man, whose 
name vsas pronounced by the spirit of inspiration more 
than one hundred year? before his birth : Socrates the 
philosoplser of Greece: Kosciusko, the hero of Poland, 
and many others whoso names we cannot mention. — 
These persons were beautiful indeed, and we are wil- 
ling, yea glad to give them all the honor that belongs 
to them ; but'when we^view them-, in the light of the 
blessed gospel, that perfect standard of excellence, we 
must say they come f&r below that. They are models, 
indeed, of human greatness ; but the christian looks for 
a higher model. _ This perfect pattern we find m Jesus 
Christ, and in him alone. In hira concentrates e^ cry 
grace, and every virtue. Ilis character as far tran- 
scends those whose characteis we noticed above, as 
Deity transcends human nature. 

The gospel also, is as far superior to the systems of 
morality, as taught by men, as is its blessed Author 
superior to the authors of those systems. That they 
taught many excellent things we cannot deny. Who 
can help being struck with the beauty and sublimity of 
some of those ancient systems, especially the .Platonic 

It has been said, and perhaps truly, that "Philoso- 
l)hy is the noblest stretch of intellect tvhich God has 
vouchsafed to man." But, continues the same author : 
"If it had not been for revelation, we should have 
known no more of the Deity than the Heathen philoso- 
phers knew before :" and to what did their knowledge 
amount ? They felt the necessity of a First Cause, and 
they saw that that Cause must be intrinsically good ; 
but when they came to systems, they never went far- 
ther than the point from which they first set out, that 
evil is not good, and good is not evil. 

Let us now take p brief view ef Christianity, and 
then we can see the contrast between it and the no- 
blest systems of heathenism. 

"Nowhere except in the Scriptures," says 'W'atson, 
"have we a perfect system, of morals ; and the deficien- 
cies of Pagan morality only csalt the purity, the com- 
prehensiveness, the practicability of ours. — The God 
of the Bible is holy, without spot ; just, without par- 
tiality ; good, boundlessly benevolent 3,nd beneficent ; 
and his law is the image of himself, holy, just, and 
go»d." "Behold," says one, "Christianity in its native 
form, as delivered by its great Author. See a picture 
of God as far as he is imitable by man, drawn by God's 
own-hand. What beauty appears in the whole ! How 
just a symmetry ! What exact proportion in every ; 
part ! How desirable is the happiness here described ! 
How venerable, how lovely is th* holiness ! "If" say« r 
JJishop Taylor, "wisdom, and mercy, and justice, and ' 
simplicity, and holiness, and purity, and meekness, and 
contentedness, and charity be images of God, and rays 
of Divinity, then that doctrine, in which all these shine 
so gloriously, and in which nothing else is ingredient, 
must needs be from God. The infinite superiority of i 
Christianity, its pure sphitual character, and the lofty ' 
tone of its precepts, place it so high that it cannot bej 



appreciated by those ttHo are in a state of nature." No 
matter how great may bo their mental acquirements, 
or how many virtuts they may be in possession of, yot 
if th«y lack "the one thing needful," they must be ig- 
norant of that wisdom, in comparison to which all oth- 
er wisdom is insignificant. "For," says the apostlo, 
"after that in tho wii>dom of Uod, the world by wisdom 
kuew not God, it pl«»?ed God by the foolishness of 
in-oaching to sart them that believe." This sublime 
wisdom God saw fit to reserve ; and when tlie time caae 
lie himself delivered it to the human family ; and as 
tlic world by wisdom could not find it, so the world 
by wisdom could not receive it, for said he t<ho first 
revealed it : "Except a man bo born again, he cannot 
•ee the kingdom of God." Again "Hlessed are the 
pure in heart for they shall see (jtod." From the 
above Scriptures wt are to understand that we must 
be spiritual, we must be pure, befere we can compre- 
hend the things of God. Paul tells as then in exact 
agreement with the above : "The natural man receir- 
• eth not the things of the Spirit of God ; for they are 
fooliihness unto him." They are foolishness unto him 
from the very same reason that Paul's preaching was 
foolishness; they could not comprehend it ; and how 
natural it is for persons to proneunco a thing foolish- 
ness, which they do not understand. E.Tamplesof this 
are abundant. 
All great discoverers have had to encounter ths 
- * intolerant spirit. Christopher Columbus, Galileo, 
'> .iam Harvey, Eli Whitney, Mr. Kingsley, Robert 
Fulton, and many others have endnred this kind of 
persecution. The learned men of Gresce and Rome, 
could not through their philosophy comprehend tkat 
blessed gespel which Paul so ably declared, and as he 
came not to thtm with exosllcncy of speech of man's 
wisdom, as his preaching bore no marks of metaphysi- 
cal reasoning, but was uttered with plainness and s'im 
plicity, so that the most illiterate could understand; 
they would not receive it, but denounced it as foolish- 
ness. But Paul being thoroughly convinced of the 
rectitude of his conduct, and the intrinsic value of his 
doctrine was not daunted at their opposition, for 
although "^.hrist crucified" was a "stumbling-block to 
the Jews, and to the (ireek, foolishness," yet sajs he 
"Unto the» which are called, both .lews and Greeks, 
Christ is the power of God, and the wisdom of God." 
Knowing this, this great moral hero e.xclaimcd in spite 
of all the ignominy that was attached to that cross, 
"God farbid that 1 should glory, save in the cross of 
o» Lord .lesua <-'hrist, by whom the world is crucified 
unto rao, and I unto the world." 

llaving shown, or at least tried to show what kind 
of character the Apostle alluded to, by his term "natu- 
ral man," and that he look him from among those 
whom the world hold in the highest repute for their 
natural part.^, their learning, and their religion ; wo 
will now trv to show, the great contrast between such 
an one, and an humble christian. The latter is influ- 
enced by entirely different motives ; his knowledge is of 

an entirely different character, and proceoda from an 
entirely dilTcrent source. It influences not tho head on 
ly, but also the heart. The latter must bo changed, 
before the former can be instructod by that hcarenly 
Teacher who is sent to impart that wisdom which Com- 
eth from above, & is first pure, th^n peaceable, gentle, 
and easy to be entreated,full of mercy and good fruits, 
without partiality without hypocrisy. The child of 
God, though he may not have made much advancement 
in literature, though he may bo ignorant of the scien- 
ces, yet if ho enjoys a spiritual union and communion 
with God, bis knowledge is greater, far greater than 
tho highest flights of human genius. What encourage- 
ment is this ! Here is wisdom whieh ia f^r beyond tho 
reach of human intellect, and yet is attainable by all. 
The sage and the unlettered rustic, muat receive it in 
the same way, by the tuition of tho Spirit of God. — 
The spiritual only can receive his instructions ; for the 
apostle says not only that the natural man doth not 
receive the things of tho Spirit, but that he cannot 
receive them. What wisdom is here raanifested, what 
love, what tender care for tho downtrodden of earth, 
in this way, more than in any other, all can bo brought 
on an equality ; the high brought down, and tho lovr 
exalted. No wonder that it drew from our blessed 
Savior a prayer of thanksgiving: "I thank thee, Fath- 
er, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid 
these things^from the wise and prudent, and hast re- 
vealed them unto babes. Even so. Father : for ao it 
seemed good in thy sight." "The secret of the Lerd 
is with them that fear him ; and ho will show tkem his 

Iludssn, Ills. 

Th*ugltts for R«fleetlott. 

The current of ticae is swiftly bearing us along tho 
journey of life, to its final goal ! Not one moment 
stays its course, but, o'liward, onward^ is the voice of 
its murmurings, as they faintly die away ! Let us 
earnestly engage with its action, continually casting 
garlands of life's flowers along the strand, that may bo 
gladly gathered by our fellow comrades, as^they linger 
on the way. Let us stamp our foot-prints on the sands 
of time, worthy of imitation, which, perhaps, may en- 
courage some disheartened pilgrim — friend, sojeurning 
with us on eartli's rugged pathway ! Soon the tide 
will cease to flow ! Our frail bark is launched. And 
whence the final port ? On tho sunny banks beyond 
Zion's .Jordan, to strike the golden lyre and join the 
heavenly chorus, — or, in the dismal vale ot eter&al 
night, where there is no peace, but "wailing and gnash- 
ish of teeth ! Let us cautiously heed its rapid flight, 
that we be not found in a listless demeanor, suddenly 
awakened to the sad realizatioa of its final flow into 
the Ocean of Eternity ! 

Never defend an error 
it to be true. 

became you once thought 



tor ihi Companion. 
On Preaching the Gospel. 

It is to be feared that too many preachers of the 
Gospel in this our day, do not feel nor consider the 
great responsibility that rests upon them, as watchmen 
or shepherds of the flock ; but are like the prophet 
Isaiah said : "They are shepherds that cannot under- 
stand, they all look to their own way, every one for 
his gain from his quarter." Isaiah 66: 10. 

A profession of religion at the present day has in- 
deed become popular. Men are not called good citi- 
zens unless members of some church, professors of 
Christianity. Hence we see in our large cities, large 
and fashionable houses built, with their tall steeples 
reaching perhaps higher to heaven than their prayers 
do. "May we not enquire," why is tliis ? The an 
swer is, because the Gospel is preached without the 
cross : "whosoever will come after me," says Jesus, 
"let him deny himself, and take up his cross and fol- 
low me." Now this self denying doctrine, if preached, 
would not be so well received. But on the other hand, 
church members are allowed to follow all the fashions 
of the world, attend theatres, and places of amusement, 
and enjoy themselves in all worldly enjoyments. No 
cross, no self denial, no sacrifice to be made; only be- 
lieve in the Lord Jesus Christ, that he was the Son of 
God, and that he came into tho ivorld to save sinners, 
is all that is required, and you will be saved. This in- 
deed eeems to be the case with many professing chris- 
tians. They hope to get to Heaven, alone by this 
dead faith. They tell us God is very merciful, and 
does not require so much at our hands. They there- 
iore seek the easiest road to Heaven. How often have 
I thought when I have heard ministers of the Gospel 
make the way so broad, and the road so smooth, as if 
it were an easy thing to gain Heaven, forgetting that 
the Savior said the "Kingdom of Heaven suffereth vio- 
lence, and the violent take it by force." 

I feel to relate, as it comes to my mind, what a cer- 
tain minister of the Gospel told his hearers on a Sun- 
day morning in my own neighborhood. He was preach- 
ing in a large and to a full house. Before him was aU 
the fashion of the world. Now t > preach this self de- 
nying doctrine of the Savior, he knew they did not 
want to hear ; hence his discourse was none to please 
the ear ; told them he seen no harm in dress. "Why," 
said he, "it displays good taste." I thought that man 
did not preach the Gospel. 

How will shepherds, who have not warned the flock 
of every sin and wickedness, be able to stand in that 
great and coming day, because God has spoken through 
the mouth of the prophet : "When I say unto the wick- 
ed, Thou shalt surely die, and thou givest him not warn- 
ing, nor speakest to warn the wicked from hia wicked 
ways to save his life, the same wicked man shall die in 
his iniquity, but his blood shall I require at thine hand," 
Ezek. 3 : 18. Thus we see the great responsibility 
that rests upon every minister of the Gospel. Now if 
preaokera of tiw gospel fail in pointing out to a dying 

people, that the great end of Christ's coming in the 
flesh, was to purchase to himself a "^0?^ people" who 
being made partaker of a Divine nature, and delivered 
from the corruptions ,of the world, and thereby teach- 
ing us, "that we must deny ourselves of all ungodliness, 
and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, 
and godly, in this present evil world" — "Looking for 
that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the 
great God, and our Savior Jesus Christ, who gave 
himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniq- 
uity and "purify unto himself a peculiar people, zeal 
ous of good works." They do not preach the Gospel, 
for their preaching is at variance with the main de- 
sign for which the gospel was given. "For if I yet 
pleased men, I should not be the servant of Chnst." 

But what is it to preach the Go?pel ? It is to point 
out the effects of sin, for by the gospel man is evident- 
ly in a state of sin and guilt, under the just displeas- 
ure of God. Therefore sin must b". pointed out, in all 
its various forms. The numerous lusts of tho flesh, 
which lurk disguised in the human heart, must be 
stripped of their disguise and exposed to view. The 
love of ease, and the love of pleasure must be exhibit- 
ed in all their workings. Pride in its several branches 
of self-conceit, vanity, ostentation, and such like, must 
be held up to view. The love of money, the love of 
worldly honor, the desire for human applause, envy, 
resentment, all these with many more, must be fully 
explained, if we would know the true meaning of the 
corrupt state, from which it is the design of the gospel 
to set us free. He therefore who is thus exposing sin, 
is preaching the Gospel and truly as effectually, as if h« 
were proclaiming the glad tidings of forgiveness in 
Christ Jesus. 

But lest I weary the patience of the reader, (for I 
feel the subject indeed one of interest,) we will inquire if 
faith alone is sufficient to save the soul. "What," 
asks the Apostle James, "doth it propfit, though a 
man say he hath faith and have not works, can faith 
have him ?" 2 : 14. If a brother or sister be naked, 
and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto 
him, "Depart in peace : be ye warmed and filled : not- 
withstanding, ye give them not those things which are 
needful to the body," "what doth it profit." What 
sincerity, what worth is there in such professions of 
kindness ? What benefit do they confer on those who 
are the objects of them ? "Even so faith, if it hath 
not works is dead, being alone." 

All professions of faith, which do not give evidence 
of the truth by a holy life and conversation, are false, 
vain, and unprofitable : yea a man may say, to such a 
professor : "Thou hast faith," or pretend to have it, 
"and I have works :" show me thy faith with tby 
works ; give me, if thou canst, some other proof of it, 
"and I will shew thee my faith by my works." "Thou 
believest there is one God ; thou doest well : the dev- 
ils also believe and tremble," n herein doth thy fiuth 
differ from theirs, if it produce not the fruits of right- 
eousness, and holiness. "But will thou know, vain 



man, that faith without works is dead," wholly unprof- 
itable to salvation. "Was not Abraham our father, 
justified ?" Did he not show forth a living faith by obe 
diencc, when he otfersd Isaac his son upon the altar ? 
Did he no: bv that act of obedience prove aad display 
that living faith iu the truth, and power, and promise 
of God,which ''was imputed to him for righteousness?" 
"Seeat thou how faith wrought with works," producing^ 
a full obeaience to all the commands of God, and of 
our blessed Lord and Master Jesus Christ? 

In conclusion, let it be remembered, that ^nothing 
mew, can bo •xpocted in the preaching ofthe Gospel. — 
'•If anv man preach any other gospel unto you than 
what ye have received, let him ba assured. Gal. 1 : 
9, It has ever been the policy of Satan rather to 
undermin* the church, and the commandments of the 
Savior, than to attack them openly. An open denial 
of anv truth would be rejected : but the disproportion- 
ate exaltations of part of the Gospel to the depression 
of the rest is not so soon perceived to be fall of dan- 
ger. What will avail, as has been already said, the 
speculative belief of any religious truth or command- 
msnt, unless thnt truth or commandroent be brought 
into eftect, by true obedience to the word of Gjd. — 
Ti\9 knowledge of our sinfulness will benefit those only 
who through their convictions confess their sins before 
God, become deeply humbled on account of them, im- 
plore his forgivness through the atoning "blood of Je- 
sus," confess him before men, and k«cp his command- 
ments. Xo more will the knowled;;c of the pure pre- 
cepts ofthe Gospel benefit any but such as arc purify- 
\u' themselv'?s even as ho is pure, and who are watch 
'ing over their whole conduct that the temper and dis 
position of a Christian may be found in them to the 
honor of their Blessed Master. The hour is fast ap- 
proaching, as on the wings ot a whirlwind, when empty 
speculation, and show, will not be allowed as a substi- 
tution for a living faith, and a iiuly piactica. God 
grant tbat erery one who reads tiicse lines, may be 
found in that day to have received the truth in the 
love of it, and to have brought forth abundant fruit 
to the glory of our Blessed Lord and Master Jesus 
Christ. "Blessed are they thit do his commanimcats, 
that they may have right to the tree of life, and may 
enter in through the gates into the city." Rev. 22 : 14. 


Tlie Pant. 

There is something peculiarly sad in look- 
ing back upon one's past lile — .vc see ourselves 
as another person-toiling up the steep in scorch- 
ing suns, iu cooling shade, here pausing to slake 
our thirst at some well-spring of pleasure ; there 
sitting down weary and taint by the way-side, 
or shedding bitter tearj over some lQ«t treasure ; 
to live over again, eren in imagination, the 
thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears, joys or sorrow.s 
experienced day by day, in the years of the ir- 


retrievable past ; to turn at some landinark 
our pilgrimage and look with sad yet earnest 
eye to the places over which we have toiled 
with bleeding feet and aching hearts. 

To the glimmering sheen of hope which oft 
lured us, only to dazzle and deceive — we would 
gladly close our eyes and shut out the vision, 
but in vain. 

The disappointments, vexations of spirit, false 
friendships, crushed hopes, even the remem- 
brance ot hours of pleasure, have a melancholy 
tinge, as mayhap they were too quickly succeed- 
ed by hours ot anguish and bereavement. 

Looking upon the past of one's life is like 
opening a grave of a long buried treasure — an 
idolized child perhaps. Has the reader ever 
stood by the open grave of one who was laid 
away long years before the coffin was raised to 
the air, and the sunlight of Heaven and the 
rush of tender feeling and of bitter anguish at 
parting surged over the soul with an overwhelm- 
ing power as we gaze upon the gloomy casket 
that contains all there is left, or what we once 
held in our arms and upon our bosoms of a 
darling child "? How we long, yet dread to 
have the lid removed, that one more glance at 
the face may satisfy us that one feature only 
can be discerned. When the precious form 
was laid away, it was pure, waxen and fair — 
robed in soft white linen and merino — now, we 
cannot even trust ourselves to fancy of what is 
hidden there — the change that damps of the 
grave have wrought. We turn away with a 
sense of loneliness Sc despair creeping about the 
heart, and feel, oh, how deeply, the vanity of 
life. Lay it down reverently, carefuUy in anoth- 
er place. Lay it down for the last time. And 
turn to thy God for comfort, since no human 
tonsrue can offer comfort or consolation at this 
second burial. It is only the poor, perishable 
body, we know, that lies there; the soul that 
animated it, the litis, the divine part of our be- 
ing, still lives and will live throughout the ages 
of eternity yet. But, oh ! how we have missed 
them in our daily walks. How we hunger for 
their presence, their bright smiles and loving 
voices, and these longings can only be gratified 
after we have ourselves passed througli the "dark 
valley" to clasp hands on the other side. 

Kyery man is a volume if you know how to read 



For iTit Companton. 
A letter to a y«»ang Br»ftlier in the Sesti. 

DiAR Brother : Netwithstanding jou roam amid 
the fertile vallejs of the far off Stfcte, the shores of 
which are washed by the swelling vraves of the great 
Pacific Ocean, jour thoughts come to me through the 
sQediom of the pea, breathiag sentiments of affeciion, 
and laden with attestations of brotherly regard. Nour- 
iihinj the hope we m*y so»e day, not far distant, be 
ferethers in the higkeet sense of that endearing appel- 
latioB, permit a* to offer a few thoughts to your ma- 
turing mind &s well aa to the considerate minds of all 
my yeung readers. Am glad to learn your intelligent 
■ind is Bot arerse to a careful perusal of the columns 
of the ^^ Companion" and that you allude to the people 
of God in terras of proper respect. I have reason to 
believe your heart is swceptible to principles of moral- 
ity and the arenoes to yosr soul yet open to the rano- 
vating influences of pure religion. 

You hare reached that period of life when ambition 
give* strength to every energy and awakens every im- 
pelee — when hope buoye up the struggling spirit and 
elevates every aspiration of the heart, and when the 
fecinating inflsence of the world dazzles the e} e, — 
when Daaae Pleasure SKiiles never so charmingly, and 
fcil the enticiag paths of worldly happiness seem open- 
iij ia an inviting Beanner. Be not too hasty to enter 
the bowere of apparent ease, or to wander in the laby- 
rinths of earthly happiness, they have an ending not so 
much to be desired. 

Aa the happiness or misery in after life depend in a 
rreat Ke&sure upon the habits and resolutions formed 
in early naanhood, how important that at his age a 
lOHmdation be laid that will insure future usefulness 
»d happinees. Youth is the seed time of life, and, 
"as a man sows eo shall he reap," is a law as unalter- 
able as the Divine mind from whence it emanated. 

You are climbing the hill of science, "stering 
mind," you say, "with useful knowledge." You 
ther say, you "ind the assent difGcult and slow ; 
the hill a high ene, but they that perieveie will even- 
tually reach the tep round." I would not say a word 
to dampen your ardor or check yom- course after use- 
ful knowledge, bixt would admonish you to go onward 
and upward and true to the lin-e. Sot your mark 
high, but within the bounds of reason and prudence. — 
To reach the top round of the ladder of knowledge is 
beyond the capacity of the human mind ; and when you 


on the highest pinnacle of your burning ambition, you 
will discover naught but a gilded, emtpy godess! facia- 
riting only while at a distanf e ! 

There is, in-consideration of this subject, one danger 
I wish to impreis your tnind with. It is a high culture 
of the head uWccompAllifA UlL'P^ propor culture of the 
heart. Upon tliis reef millions bftve heceme shipwreck. 
ed and thousands arc foUovving close in their lamenta- 

ble wake. Some, owing to this fact, hardly get a start 
up the rugged path of knowledge ere they grow giddy ' 
headed and fall ; others go higher and higher and alas I 
fall and great is their fall. It is only those, as a gen- 
eral thing, who have the heart aright can keep tho po- 
sition they through great labor have attained to, and 
become burning lights and models of excellence in the 
world. Such were the characters that have left their 
names high and bright on the monuments of moral 
worth ; and such the heroes and heroines that have 
shed a holy religious influence on the pages of the 
Christian history of this world. 

It is a fact worthy of note, a high state of mental 
culture, properly made use of, has rather a tendency 
to fit man or woman for usefulness and future happi- 
ness, than otherwise. It is the abuse of acquired 
knowledge that is so much to be deplored. Beware 
of that light top dressing that only puffs the head and 
leaves the heart a habitation of every foul spirit ! — 
You are as a mariner starting out on the ocean of 
time. The facilities for building your boat are thrown 
around you and others may aasiat you, but upon 
you devolves the burden of constructing it aright. — 
Let tho patterns bo nothing short of morality, — unfurl 
to tho breeze the white and spotless sails of virtue and 
honesty, — stand at the helm and maintain a firca perse- 
vering nerve, and unflinching integrity. And eternal 
truth for it, yo« shall draw around you the genuine at- 
mosphere and Divine favor. He who rules our desti- 
nies will lead you into positions of usefulness, and 
doubtless create within you a thirst and longing for 
the waters of eternal life. You are born for a more 
noble purpose than to live alone for self, or to the end 
of satisfy' ing selfish propensities. He who is willing to 
live and labor for the good of mankind unmoved by 
selfish interests, has already begun his immortality. — 
Let your lot be cast where it may, so live that the world 
may be none the worse for your having lived in it. If 
possible may the world be the better by you having 
lived in it. 

Aa you become more and mere versed in the scien- 
ces, you will, doubtless, become more acquainted with 
the wonders displayed in the handiwork of the Creator; 
and be made to wender yourself at the marvelous work- 
ings of the Divine ruler of the boundless universe. — 
By all, may you be made to reverence and adore his 
Holy name. In every object m nature ?re see the fin- 
ger-prints of the invisible. 0, may you, with us all, 
learn to read them aright, may they teach us there is 
One above and around us that sees and knows all that 
we do, fay, or think. That it is "in him we live, move, 
and have our being." That it is by his mercies vouch- 
safed to us we are what, and where we are, and enjoy 
the things we do. His hand has sliielded you from 
harH while traveling to that distant land, and has 
been with you ever since, even in the late serious acci- 
dent that befell you his mercy was apparent or you 
might have been ushered in a moment of time into his 
presence. It was his mercy to thu? warn you on what 



a slender thread your life hangs. I must close this 
letter. Though penned in haste I humhly submit it 
to jour serious consideration. 

Yours in hope of a blessed immortality. 


Fixyetttville, W. Va. 


8«l<?cted by Fuasklin Forney. 
^e Iniinortal ?" 

Ho vc, dear reader, thus seriously inquire ? It cer- 
tainly becomes us as rational creatures so to do. The 
inquiry limply is. Shall our conscious minds never 
cease to exist ? Irrespective of any future condition 
or relations, happy or miserable in heaven or in hell, 
it is of moment for ui to get upon this subject the host 
possible information. Our consciousness teaches us 
thai we have powers far superior to tho insect of a 
day, to the eagle or elephant that numbers its years 
by scores, or to the monarchs of the forest that live 
for centmries. Unceasing thought, anxious solicitude, 
ind peering curiosity, direct our tiows and hopes at 
-very stage of life to others yet future: vrhen a child, 
:o manhood ; wh«n a youth, to married life ; when in 
old age, to death, the gravt, and what lies beyond 
these. Thii looking forward has the forco of an in- 
stinct. It is not the result of education, and, there- 
fore,- as here on earth the successive stage of child- 
hood, m-anhood, and middle life, are wont to be mould- 
ed according to assumed expectation, why should not 
analogy alone suggest that another cycle of existence, 
to which th« mind spontaneously directs its thoughts, 
'.aay succeed the period of age at the death of the body? 
We see the ephemeral insect make its short and 
rapid flight, and think there is the end of it. But will 
we persuade onrselvcs that our end will bo like its ? 

"We will look a little further around us. "We see 
the creature of lut a year's or more continuance, as 
sumo various phases of existence — the egg. the worm, 
the chrysalis, the beetle or the butterfly — in each state 
80 perfectly unlike the preceding that, without careful 
marking, the eye would not indentify it. The curculi- 
0, for example, that makes such ravages with plums 
andsmooth-ikinned fruits, etc., might afford an illus- 
tration of benefit to tis. The egg deposited in the young 
fruit late in Spring or early in Summer, is hatched by 
the hot sun of .June or July, into a worm which, feed- 
ing on the tender germ and penetrating to the kernel, 
c.iuses it to fall to the ground where its habitation 
•.';:her3 and decays, and the temporary tenant passes 
:Ljuce into the earth aid disappears, so that we mi'^ht 
say, it has perished. But the next season it rises from 
'» ,:^rave a winged beetle, to deposit its eggs and send 
1 through the same rounds it had gone itself. An- 
ly here inquires: May not our death and en- 
ito the earth but introduce us to a new cycle 
of existence ? This the blessed Word of God, which is 
a much better iiiitructor, distinctly teaches, aad takes 
iti illustration from vegetable life. "That which thou 
eowest is not quickened except it die : and that which 

thou sowcst, thou sowest not that body that shall be, 
blit bare grain ; it may chance of wheat, or of some 
other grain : but ("lod giveth it a body as it hath pleas- 
ed him, and to every seed his own body So 

also is the resurrection of the dead." 1 Cor. 15 : C6 — 
42. "The dust shall return to tho earth as it was, and 
the spirit to <!od who gave it." Ecclcs. 12: 7. The 
mode of its existence may vary but the conscious spir- 
it has not ceased to be. It is not annihilated. The 
fact of death, the dissolution of tUo body in the grave, 
is no proof of the absolute cessation of existence. As 
in the vegetable and insect worlds, there is a process 
of revivification : so with man. Our blessed Redeemer 
has assured us that "this is tho Father's wdl, which 
hath sent me, that of all which he hath given mc, 1 
should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at tho 
last day." John G : 39. "I am the resurrection and 
the lift ; he that believcth on me, though he were dead 
yet shall he live." John 11 : 26. 

Paul says ; "To depart and be with Christ ; which 
if far better." Thil. 1 : 23. "We are confident, I say 
and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to 
be present with the Lord." 2 Cor. 5 : 8. "For we 
know that, if our earthly house of this tabernacle were 
dissolved, wc have a building of God, a house not made 
with hands, eternal in the heavens." 2 Cor. .") : 1. 

Language cannot be plainer than the above in as- 
serting an immortal existence, joyouj and glorious, for 
the true believer. Somewhere in God's universe tho 
blessed Redeemer sits at "the right hand of the Majcs- 
! ty on high." There he wills that those whom God has 
given to hira shall bo with him to behold bis glory. — 
John 17: 24. If we my dear readers, are his, our 
living,conscioa8 mind therefore shall bo with him. If not, 
then let us hear the word of God : we "shall be pun- 
ished with everlasting destruction from his presence." 
2 Thess. 1 : 9, That destruction, hojrever, will no 
more be annihilation than would bo that of the house 
we dwell in, or was that of the antediluvian world de- 
stroyed by the delnge. The destruction of our hopes, 
our plans, our puriuits, our pleasures, and our oppor- 
tunities, and means for prosecuting them in this world, 
does not include or imply the destruction of our being, 
no more than does the change of shifting scenes, or 
sundering of present relations, annihilate our conscious- 
ness. Here the blessed Redeemer offers to us eternal 
life — life felicitous and glorious forever. "If a man 
keep my sayings," says he, "ho shall never see death." 
John 8 : 51. None but Christ can yive such a <:uar- 
antee of immortal life. lie died that they might live 
who believed on him. Jle only is "tho resurrection 
and the life." Let us take him by faith, and "eternal 
life is ours. 

Stony Creek y Pa. 

An outcry against others' sins does not always im- 
ply an abhorrence f»r sin ; for the man who truly 
dreads sin, will abhor it most of all in his own heart. 




There's a little mieehief-mabing 

Eifln, who is ever nle;b, 
Hlnd'rlng every nndertaklDi^, 

And bis name is By-and-by. 
What we Ol^eht to do this minute, 

"Will be better done," he'll crj ; 
If to-morrow we begin it, 

"Putt it off," says By-and-by. 

Those TTho heed his treacherous wooing, 

Will his faithless guidance rue ; 
What we always put off doing, 

CWarly we ehall never do ; 
Ws thall reach what we endeavor, 

If on Now we more rely ; 
But unto the realms of Xever, 

Leads the pilot By-and-by. 

The Bible a Book of Poetry. 

One reason why the style of the 
Bible gratiiies the taste of all cultiva- 
ted minds, may be found in the abun- 
dance, the Bimplicit3% and matural- 
ness of its illustrations. In the 
highest and truest sense of the term, 
it is a book of poetry. For if it be 
the poet's ncble task to express truth 
in vivid and striking language, so as 
to impress the heart while pleasing 
the imagination, then surely in that 
task the inspired writer have neither 
rivals or equals. To them was grant- 
ed the divine faculty of making 
things, visible and invisible, live and 
move and have their being, in forms 
go \yell defined to the inner eye as to 
secure for them something of the 
mingled beauty and grandeur of a 
most livid landscape, wherein every 
color contributes to heighten the 
charm of every object. Among all 
the sacred writers, tl^e sweet-singer 
of Israel was pre eminent in this 
— that he found a figure for his 
every thought and an illastration 
for every virtue he celebrated and 
for every vice ho condemned. — 
One wonders with increasing pleas- 
ure, as he familiarizes his mind 
with the psalms of David, at the 
perpetual fullness and the variety 
of their figures and smiles. In them 
*'day converses with day," the 
floods "clap their hands," the sun 
"runs a race," the mountains ''speak 
peace," the clouds ^'chariot " the 
Divinity^ "snow and hail and vapor 
and sto*rmy wind,"' sing their halle- 
lujah chorus of praise. All nature, 
in' a word, seems to have been made 
vocal by the inspired art of the 
Psalmist. Everv thing was invited 
to sing in uni,iOU with tho well- 
strung harp. 

All the first-rate poets have bor- 
rowed the chief 4)art of their imag- 
ery from the Bible. Job, David, 
Isaiah, Ezekiel, and John have fur- 
nished, not only the sublimest 
thoughts, but the noblest figures to 
our chief writers. It is said that 
several modern towns in the East 
have been constructed with materi- 
als taken from some immense temple 
that had long since fallen into de- j 
cay. So, too, modern writers of ; 
emineat fame have come and gone ] 
to the great temple of the Divine \ 
Word, and taken from it the choic- 1 
est material for their verse — only, 
they have left this temple itself just 
as stately and as magnificent as 
when first revealed to the world. 
Casket otJewels. 

To be thought perfectly happy, 
pride often makes itself perfectly 

Observed duties m^.intain our 
credit, but secret duties maintiiin 
our life. 

He who can at all times sacrifice 
pleasure to duty, approaches sub- 

Speak little, speak truth ; spend 
little, pay cash. 

He who blackens others, does not 
whiten himself. 

Every time you avoid doing wrong 
you increase your inclination to do 
that which is right. 

Good works are essential to true 
religion, not as meritorious, but as 
evidence of the reality and glory of 
such religion. 

He is happy whose circumstances 
suit his temper ; but he is more ex- 
cellent who can suit his temper to 
any circumstances. 

"The happiest conversation," 
says Dr. Johnson, "is that of which 
nothing is distinctly remembered, 
but a general effect of pleasing im- 

If I held truth captive in my 
hand, I should open my hand and 
let it fly, in order that I might 
again pursue and capture it. 

. — — .^-^ — 

Mau au(l tViie. 

The theory ot man and wile^ that 
special theory in accordance isith 
which the wile u to bend herself in 
loving submission before her hus- 

band, is very beautiful ; and it would 
be good altogether if it could only 
be arranged that the husband should 
be atronger and the greater of the 
two. The theory la based upon the 
hypothesis ; and the hypothesis 
sometimes fails of confirmation. — 
In ordinary marriages the vessel 
rights itself, and tho stronger and 
greater takes the lead, whether 
clothed in petticoat, or in coat, 
waist-coat, and trowsers ; but there 
sometimes comes a terrible ship- 
wreck, when the woman before mar- 
riage has filled herself full with 
ideas of submission, and then finds 
that her ^6lden-headed god has got 
an iron body and feet ot clay. 

— -* -•*^^m^*' — 

A Home Thrust from Flavel. — 
"Two things a raaster commit? to 
his servant's care," saith one, "the 
child and the child's clothes." It 
will be a poor excuse for tho ser- 
vant to say at his master's return, 
"Sir, here are all the child's clothes 
neat and clean, but the child is 
lost !" Much so with the account 
that many will give to God of their 
souls and bodies at the great day. 
"Lord, here is ray body, I am very 
grateful for it. I neglscted noth- 
ing that belonged to its content and 
welfare, but for my soul that is lost 
and cast away forever. I took lit- 
tle care and thought about it." 

Fall of the Leaf. — The season 
of the fall of the leaf has com* 
again, T^ith all its sad and salutary 
teachings. Who can shut hie heart 
against its lessons ? Who as he 
sees the frost-withered leaf driven 
by the fitful winds, is not reminded 
that such is human life ? Even as a 
leaf when the frost have dried up 
its sap, and its stem clings no more 
to the parent tree, so is our life. — 
It may be green today and float 
gaily upon the summer breeze, but 
the frost of death are gnawing at 
its stem, and we know not if it shall 
wave ther<5 to-morrow, or be driven 
away by the wintry blasts to eterni- 
ty. Happy are we, if nature preachj 
es not to us in vain, in this her son 
cmn day. 

Beware of jealousy. 




Christian Family Companion. 

Trrooe I'lty. I*a., Narrli 23, 1H69. 

Partleit and MchiiUM. 

"Now I bcuceoh yon, brclhrrn, to mnrk 
those who cause division* and offense*, con- 
trary to the icnchlni:* which yc learned, and 
•void them.'' Koui. 10 : 17. 

It appears from the above 
texts as also from other portions 
of the Scriptures, that the sacred 
writers eutertoined fears, that 
the Church through all ages 
should be subjected to severe 
troubles and trials on account 
of "unruly members" among its 
number. And especially of our 
age it is prophesied that "peril- 
ous times will come; for men 
will be lovers of themselves, 
lovers of money, boasters, proud, 
blasphemers, disobedient to par- 
ents, unthankful, unholy, with- 
out natural affection, implaca- 
ble, false accusers," &c., "hav- 
ing a form of godliness, but de- 
ny mg the power thereof." 2nd 
Tim. 3 : 1 — 5. The letters to 
Timothy are specially pointed 
upon this matter. At another 
place we read : "For the time 
will come when they will 
not endure the sound teaching, 
but according to their own de- 
sires will to themselves heap up 
teachers, having itching ears ; 
and they .vill turn away their 
ears from the truth and will 
turn aside to fables." 4 : 3, 4. 
The above prophecies appear 
to us to be applicable to the 
church at the present time. — 
Differences, dissentions, and 
contentions, are constantly be- 
ing brought before us ; and we 
long with the apostle that our 
brethren may be "wise as to 
that which is good, and simple 
as to that which is evil." These 
all have their causes, either real 
or imaginary : "For it must 
needs be that causes of offens'f 
come ; but woe to that man 

through whom the cause of of- 
fense comes !" We think the 
moet fruitful source of these 
schisms is self love. Men 
love themselves, and hence they 
imbibe a very high estimation 
of their opinions and prejudices. 
When these are not recogniz- 
ed by those with wl om they 
are associated, love of self ur- 
ges it upon them as an impera- 
tive duty to take heed that no 
indignity be allowed to "Belov- 
ed self." True to this princi- 
ple in their actions, a disrup- 
tion must soon take place be- 
tween such characters and the 
people of God ; for the Chris- 
tian seeks not his own, but that 
which is another's. The Chris- 
tian must deny himself, take 
up his cross and follow after 

But we did not so much in- 
tend to write an essay upon the 
subject of factions as to impart 
some items of historical infor- 
mation of our day, relative to 
them. In the first place we 
present a revised extract of a 
report of an organization, sent 
us in the form of a communica- 
tion for publication. It appears 
that a call was made for a meet- 
ing of "cut-off-brethren," by 
one Peter Deardorff of Elkhart 
county, Indiana, by whom the 
report is signed, and also accom- 
pained by a letter from him. — 
The meeting was held on Mon- 
day following the 20th day of 
November last, we presume in 
Elkhart county, Indiana, and 
perhaps at the house oi Peter 
Deardorff. Head the report. 

''Monday morning, 9 o'clock wc all met, 
to sec if wc coald form a union of the cm off 
brethren from the so called order of the Ger- 
man B:iptl«t church, for not hcin-^ willinj; to 
follow those lhin!;s laid down by mi^n in the 
AddujI meeting ; for uol bein;; allo'.vcd to 
point o It thoite things ih »t are n il snppo'i- 
ed by ihc wo:d, llln^i fnrl>iddini; anv opposi- 
tion to its coanciU. We see do bouiids to its 
power, even to disannul a positive ordinance 

of tb« gospel to wtt : Baptism In East T«n- 
uefsee. After tb«i Orstdoy of October, 1866, 
they mat-t be tMiptised again, which Is rati- 
fied by the Brt IbreD ia Auuua) Council. — 
TliU n e look npun as being a bolder stroke 
than the Pope ever randc. He chaueed the 
mode bnt never required the subject to bo 
baptised over. We view snch things as des- 
potism, and beir leave to reform and come to 
the polity of God's holy Word, as our dear 
old brethren did lu 170S, and as Paul directed 
the elders at Miletus. .\ctB. 30. Accordingly, 
*,he following brethren ajjrced to take the 
word of God for their only rule of faith and 
practice ; lay aside the doetrines and tradi- 
tions of men viewing such as an impeach- 
ment upon the character of Jehovah, to say 
that the word is not sufficient to govern his according to his will. It goes to say 
his will is not revealed, until men in council 
perfect it. 

John Florj-, Jacob Spitzer, Rockingham 
county, Va. David btudcbakcr, -Clop- 
part, Alont^oraery county, Ohio — by letter; 
Peter Deardorff, i)avid Evans, Elkhart coun- 
ty, Ind. ; Isaac Latshaw, Clinton County, 
Ind. ; Isham Gibfon, J. D. Bowman, A. P. 
Gibson, Virdcn, Macoupin county, Ills. The 
last two have sanctioned. The brcihreu 
present, except the two brethren Leedys, 
[Jacob and Samnel Leedy of Ohio.-EDixOK. j 
formed k firm union, and on the 25th admiuiij- 
tered llie holy Commnnion. Then Elder 
Flory and Spitzer started to Clinton county, 
Ind., to organize a church on the 8onth 
Fork of the Wild Cot river and then to re- 
turn home." 

Thus we have given our read- 
ers the account of the orsrani- 
zation of a new sect. As all of 
the founders were once mem- 
bers of the Church, and arc 
more or less known to our 
brethren, we make the request 
that some brethren give us a 
history of these persons, stating 
the cause of their separation 
from us, their reputation for 
morality, piety, &c., which state- 
ment should be signed by the 
officers of the church in which 
they were expelled. 

Next week we expect to ex- 
pose another schism which is 
just now coming to maturity. 

Ansirers to CorreNpondrnfM. 

D. B. Sell, Hamilton, Mo. Yes. Right. 
il.Minser, Deckers point, Pa. 67 cents is dnc 
yet on S. B's paper for whole of present Vol. 

John Tucker, Perry, Ind. $1.10 added to 

that overplus will pay for remainder of yea-. 

David M. T;uby, Lagrange, Ind. You 

have sent seven names. We cannot supply 

back Xoj. Your indebtedness is $5.2.'). 

Mary Kiiidig, .Monntville Pa We publish- 
ed no paper on 20th Dec. 1863. 50 numbers 
of the Companion make a year's rolame. 




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Noi-thei-D disti'iet of Indiaca, March 25th, 
in Union Centre congregation, 7 miles ssuth- 
■vrest of Goshen. 

Missouri and Kansas district, April IGth, 
near Plattsburg, Mo. 

Middle district of Pa., April 26th, in James' 
Creek congregation, Huntingdon Co., Pa. 

Western District of Pa., April 26th, i* Elk- 
lick branch, Somerset Co., Pa. 

First district of Virginia, Friday & Satur- 
day baf